Getting To Know Houston By Its Monuments
August 23, 2013
There are several monuments in Houston that reflect the city’s massive and rich history. Paying a trip to Houston monuments is an excellent choice. The following are only a few of Houston’s monuments.
San Jacinto Battleground and Monument
One of Houston monuments is found virtually 20 miles southeast of the city, on the San Jacinto Battlefield. The San Jacinto Monument rises 570 feet above the battlefield and stands as a memorial to the boys who fought for Texas ‘ independence and, led by General Sam Houston, defeated the Mexicans in 1836. It is the tallest masonry structure in the world and was built to commemorate the centennial of the battle. It provides a high level view of 400 years of Texas history.
The 1st cemetery in the city to be professionally designed was in 1871, called Glenwood Cemetery. Some of Houston’s most famous folks are buried here. The most famed being Howard R. Hughes, Jr. His grave can be tough to see as the marker is set flush to the ground.
Some of the mansions built during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have survived through to today. One of them is the Kellum-Noble House. It's the oldest brick home in Houston. It was built in 1847, and belonged to Nathaniel Kellum. In 1850, Mr. Kellum sold his home to Abram Noble. One of Houston’s first private faculties was operated out of the Kellum-Noble house during the 1850’s. It's one of the houses that have become monuments in Houston.
Long Row was reconstructed in 1837, and is a replica of Houston’s first shopping strip. It was part of the city’s bid to become the capital of the Texas republic.
Houston City Hall
in 1939 the Houston City Hall, designed by Joseph Finger, was finally completed. Daniel MacMorris was the artist responsible for the painted ceilings. For inspiration, he used different images of culture, law and administration.
Julia Ideson Library Building
Part of the planned civic center, this building was built in 1926 and was named after a long time librarian. It was actually the only building of a suggested complex that was built. It has got a historical room that holds collections of Texas history. The new Houston Public Library, built in 1976, adjoins the Ideson Building. The library has over 3 and a half million books and documents.
Shawn Shawshank has been interested in Houston landmarks for a number of years. He has written op-eds and editorial pieces for many online publications. For more info about Houston monuments come visit his site.