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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Blue Triangle Branch, Y.W.C.A. Building

Blue Triangle Branch, Y. W. C. A. Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 9, 2012
1. Blue Triangle Branch, Y. W. C. A. Building Marker
Inscription.  In the early 20th century, Houston's African American community wanted to provide recreational facilities for its youth and for African American troops stationed at Camp Logan. Various groups formed, including two interested in the welfare of young girls. The Camp Logan Activities Committee offered civics and morality instruction, and a committee created by Mary L. Jones aimed to form an organization dedicated to girls' moral and spiritual growth.

During World War I, a national representative from the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) worked with Jones to open a recreation center in 1917 in the Masonic building at 806 Clay. Following the war, the center applied to Houston's YWCA for branch status, which was given in 1920. The Blue Triangle Branch, YWCA, offered athletic, musical and educational programs for girls. In 1921, it opened a boarding house, which grew throughout the decade. During the Great Depression, the center closed the residence, but services expanded, helping hundreds of women and girls find work.

In the 1940s, the Blue Triangle YWCA began plans to build a new center. A group of women donated this
Blue Triangle Branch, Y. W. C. A. Building image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 27, 2013
2. Blue Triangle Branch, Y. W. C. A. Building
site, and construction began in 1950 on the building designed by noted Houston architects Hiram A. Salisbury and Birdsall P. Briscoe. The architects chose a Transitional style, showing late Art Moderne as well as more contemporary elements. The building exhibits a semi-circular entry portico, casement windows and raised brick banding, with a fret pattern used frequently by Briscoe.

The Blue Triangle YWCA was an important part of the lives of the community's women and girls. Several women, including Lilla B. Love and Elizabeth E. Stevens, willed property to the organization in continued support of its mission. The Blue Triangle ended its YWCA affiliation in 1998. Restored and reopened by a community group, the new center offers youth and adult programs, and provides space for other groups.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2002

Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12935.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionFraternal or Sororal Organizations.
Location. 29° 44.138′ N, 95° 21.441′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of McGowen Street and Sauer
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Street, on the right when traveling west on McGowen Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Joseph Hospital (approx. one mile away); Benjamin Apartments (approx. 1.1 miles away); Temple Beth Israel (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Evangelical Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Houston's First Sit-in (approx. 1.1 miles away); San Jacinto High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Houston Light Guard (approx. 1.2 miles away); Houston Light Guard Armory (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . .  Blue Triangle Website. (Submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 20, 2020