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Huett Building and Carrera [sic Carrara] Glass

 
 
Huett Building and Carrera [sic Carrara] Glass Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 11, 2014
1. Huett Building and Carrera [sic Carrara] Glass Markers
Inscription.

The original title to this property was given to John Carnes by Comanche County in Feb. 1860. The first structure appearing around 1873 deeded to George L. Wright then to W.J. McLean. From McLean to John Elliott and B.F. Wright in Dec. 1876. The infamous Jack Wright Saloon being at this location at about that time. In 1881 the building was deeded to J.W. Green and Co. and remained in the Green family until 1967 when it was purchased by C.L. Huett. On 15th of Sept. 1932, C.L. and Isla Isham Huett opened the Service Drug Store with $267.00 dollars of stock and some second hand fixtures. By 1946 Mr. Huett had also become the largest appliance dealer in the area selling and servicing such brands as Maytag, Frigidaire, Bendix, Emerson, and Zenith. In 1950 Service Drug became a Walgreen agency selling various Walgreen drug products. In 1957, his son-in-law, Gyale Pirkle joined the firm and in 1969 his son John became a partner. In 1975 John Huett bought out his brother-in-law and in 1977 moved the pharmacy across the street to a larger building. Other businesses located here were several saloons, J.W. Green Mercantile Co. and the Comanche Chief newspaper.

Sept. 2002
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Carrera [sic - Carrara] Glass
On the upper fašade of this building under the plaster is
Huett Building and Carrera [sic Carrara] Glass Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 11, 2014
2. Huett Building and Carrera [sic Carrara] Glass Markers
an unusual type of glass called Carrera Glass or Vitrolite. Manufactured extensively in the 1920s and 1930s this glass was used on building facades throughout the country and can still be seen on some buildings in larger cities. It came in several different colors including black, white and jade. The glass fell out of favor in the 1950s and production was ceased. This particular building fašade was covered in this glass by the Walgreen Drug Co. in 1950 for the Service Drug Store. You can still see an example of this unique glass on the columns on either side of this building.
 
Erected 2002 by Comanche County Historical Society.
 
Location. 31° 53.899′ N, 98° 36.312′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Houston Street and Grand Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Houston Street. Click for map. Marker and building are on the courthouse square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 129 North Houston Street, Comanche TX 76442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Chilton-Harelik Building (a few steps from this marker); The Comanche Chief (within shouting distance of this marker); Ritz Theater Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal King (within shouting distance of this marker); Durham Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Cora Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Bicentennial Park (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Comanche.
 
Also see . . .
1. How did John Wesley Hardin become John Wesley Hardin?. (Submitted on March 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. What is Vitrolite?. (Submitted on March 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Preservation of Historic Pigmented Structural Glass. (Submitted on March 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Structural Glass: Its History, Manufacture, Repair, and Replacement. (Submitted on March 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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