Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Julia Ideson Building
Ideson and the library building committee worked throughout the 1920s to formulate a plan and program for the new structure, visiting other U.S. cities and accepting proposals from several noted architects. They chose Ralph Adams Cram and his Boston firm, Cram and Ferguson, for the project. Cram worked with local architects William Ward Watkin and Louis A. Glover, coordinating also with the city's architect, W.A. Dowdy. The Southwestern Construction Company served as the builder.
Noted for his design work throughout the Northeast, Cram chose the Spanish Renaissance Revival style for Houston's library. Details include tile roof, arched openings, cast stone window surrounds, finials lining the parapet wall, and ornate metalwork. The L-shaped building's materials are primarily brick, cast stone and limestone.
Although the city's library facilities and services have continued to expand since the Ideson Building's construction in 1926, the structure continues to serve as a library and local landmark.
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13888.)
Location. 29° 45.536′ N, 95° 22.142′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on McKinney Street 0.1 miles east of Bagby Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 McKinney Street, Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Houston Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Houston City, Republic of Texas (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Houston Park (about 600 feet away); Site of the National Women's Conference (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexander Hodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas William House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ancient Order of Pilgrims (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sons of the Republic of Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
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