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Isabella Court

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1929, W. D. Bordeaux. 1003–1005 Isabella Ave.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

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.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Isabella Court", [Houston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 338-338.

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