In the late 1920s, merchants and developers constructed a Spanish Village in the 3000 to 4500 blocks of Main Street to identify it as Houston's new, car-oriented retail precinct, a linear, suburbanized extension of the downtown Main Street retail district. The crowning building in this episode, and now one of the few survivors, is the Isabella Court, a three-story, mixed-use retail and apartment building. Built by billboard company owner Pierre D. Michael, the Isabella Court is organized around an open-air courtyard located on the second floor above shop and studio spaces. Thanks to a sequence of admiring owners culminating in Trudy Hutchings and architect Robert A. Herolz Jr., Isabella Court retains its original spaces, finishes, and fittings to an extraordinary degree.
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