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Hidalgo Park Quiosco

 
 
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By Jim Evans, April 11, 2021
1. Hidalgo Park Quiosco Marker
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This unique structure was commissioned by the Mexican American community of Magnolia Park under the leadership of local physician A.G. Gonzales. Built at a cost of $2,300, it was dedicated at the opening of Hidalgo Park on September 16, 1934, the anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain. The City of Houston acquired the park property in 1926 when the City of Magnolia Park was annexed.

Created in the style of faux bois (false wood) or el trabajo rustico (rustic work), the 25’ x 25’ quiosco is constructed of an iron frame covered entirely with hand-molded textured concrete, giving it the appearance of having been built from raw and processed tree products. The eight columns supporting the roof resemble tree trunks, each with a different bark texture. The hand railings appear to be made from branches fastened together to encircle the structure. The ceiling was designed to look like wood shingles, and the roof has a thatch-like covering. A unique parquetry design showing various wood finishes is apparent on the stage floor, and a flag pole atop the roof resembles a tree branch. An inscription on one of the quiosco steps
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By Jim Evans, April 11, 2021
2. Hidalgo Park Quiosco and Marker
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reads “Houston Mexicans to their city, V. Lozano.” The structure was designed and constructed by Houston resident and Mexican native Vidal Lozano (1888-1936). Lozano was employed as an iron works molder and pipe fitter, and the Hidalgo Park Quiosco is the only known public example of his artwork.

A common structure in public urban areas of Mexico, the gazebo-like quiosco continues to serve the Magnolia Park community as a venue for Mexican American presentations, entertainment and celebrations.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2010
 
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16686.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Hispanic Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is September 16, 1934.
 
Location. 29° 44.798′ N, 95° 17.833′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Avenue Q and 70th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Magnolia Park City Hall and Central Fire Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lorenzo de Zavala (approx. 0.8 miles away); Magnolia Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad (approx.
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By Jim Evans, April 11, 2021
3. Hidalgo Park Quiosco
2.1 miles away); Holy Cross Mission (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of the Home of Mrs. Jane Harris (approx. 2.1 miles away); Phillis Wheatley High School (approx. 2.2 miles away); Safety Follows Wisdom (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Regarding Hidalgo Park Quiosco. It's an elegantly appointed area in an unexpected location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2021, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2021, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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