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Tribeca Lofts (Clarke and Courts Building)

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Clarke and Courts Building
1936, Joseph Finger. 1210 W. Clay Ave.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The government and bank document printing company of Clarke and Courts entered the suburban era when it moved its headquarters from downtown Galveston ( GV5) to this one-story, cast-in-place concrete commercial printing plant, one of the highlights of modernistic architecture in Houston. Finger contrasted the plant's horizontal band of steel-sash windows, grouped under a continuous parapet marked with triple speed lines, with the stout pylon tower above the front entrance. Architecturally integrated graphics are the building's chief decorative device. In 1993, the building underwent a certified rehabilitation when it was transformed into apartments by developer Randall Davis.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Tribeca Lofts (Clarke and Courts Building)", [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, 350-350.

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