“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant

Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 20, 2013
1. Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant Marker
Inscription. The City of Houston developed rapidly in the 19th century due in large part to its capacity for shipping and transportation. This was made possible by waterways, such as Buffalo Bayou, and railroads, five of which radiated from the city in 1861. Houston's industrial center, the warehouse district, grew up east of Main Street, along the banks of Buffalo Bayou.

In 1860, Samuel May Williams sold this property to Houston physician D.F. Stuart, who built a warehouse in the 1880s for cotton storage. The Lottman brothers purchased the site in 1893 and converted the building into a mattress factory. In 1904, they sold the property to H.F. Spalti, vice-president of Olive & Myers Manufacturing Company of Dallas. Spalti and Company President W.B. Myers started Myers-Spalti on this site. J.A. Grieves assisted them in developing the Houston branch of their successful mattress and furniture factory.

The original warehouse housed the millwork and planning sections of the company. Built in 1905, Warehouse Number Two housed the shipping, cabinetry and finishing departments, and Warehouse Number Three contained the printing and management offices. By 1907, a rail line extended onto the property from nearby tracks. Myers-Spalti added a fourth warehouse for storage in 1909 and additional structures in the 1920s. The company moved operations
Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant Building image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 20, 2013
2. Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant Building
The marker is on the left of the entrance on this end of the building. That is, it's between the Loft sign and the entrance.
in the 1950s.

The development of Houston's industrial architecture can be seen in this site's building styles, which range from brick and heavy timber to concrete slab and columns. Since the 1950s, the buildings have housed hardware sales, electronics and manufacturing, storage and other light industrial businesses. The structures were once part of a city marketplace project and later developed into residential housing.
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12976.)
Location. 29° 45.612′ N, 95° 20.815′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Lottman Street and Runnels Street, on the left when traveling north on Lottman Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Annunciation Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Annunciation Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Daughters of the Republic of Texas (approx. 0.7 miles away); Harris County (approx. mile away); Harris County 1910 Courthouse (approx. 0.8 miles away);
Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant is now The Loft Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, January 20, 2013
3. Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant is now The Loft Apartments
Pillot Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Houston Bar Association (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sweeney, Coombs & Fredericks Building (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Regarding Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant. This building is now the Loft Apartments. The building is in the National Register of Historic Places.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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