In the 1990s, the docks abutting the Galveston Ship Channel were redeveloped with tourist-oriented waterfront amenities meant to entice casual visitors to the water's edge. Cynthia and George Mitchell's Pier 21 consists of a pair of buildings at the north end of 21st Street opening to the harbor. These buildings are faced with a system of vertically ribbed, cement composition panels with functioning wood shutters. By avoiding stylistic imitation Ford, Powell and Carson ensured that Pier 21 complemented the nineteenth-century commercial architecture of Strand while providing a modern spatial ambiance.
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Pier 21 and Harbor House
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