Diagonally across the 3rd Avenue North– 8th Street intersection is a stunning, two-block-long, ninety-six-unit housing complex that, unexpectedly, reinforces the Southern California theme visible at St. Mary's ( AT38). Houston builder-developer Frank W. Sharp and MacKie and Kamrath produced this complex of one- and two-story apartments with their low-pitched hipped roofs, exposed rafters, porch trellises, louvered front doors, and Monterey Style balconies as defense housing. The openness of the site and the presence of tall Washingtonia and full-bodied ornamental date palms contribute to the relaxed charm of this housing complex, a model of civilized garden apartment design rendered all the more poignant by its deteriorated, partially deserted condition. It is a haunting symbol of everything good that Texas City has thrown away.
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