Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Richmond Corridor Building Survey MSS.1444

Descriptive Summary

Creator University of Houston Architecture Students
Title: Richmond Corridor Building Survey
Dates: 1958-2003
Identification: MSS.1444
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet, 1 document box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

This collection is an architectural survey conducted by thirteen architectural students from the University of Houston who completed the Fall 2002 Fifth Year Studio course. The Upper Kirby District, a tax increment finance district, sponsored the project. The students were taking a course that focused on historic preservation and adaptive reuse and studied eighty-one buildings along a portion of Richmond Avenue, beginning at Kirby Avenue and running west past Wesleyan and Las Palmas Streets. The buildings were constructed between the mid-fifties and the mid-seventies, before the oil boom that fueled Houston’s explosive growth in the seventies.

Scope and Contents

The collection is four folders with a black-and-white copy in another set of four folders, all in the same document box. The first four folders contain maps, eighty-one survey forms with color photographs, and copies of articles reviewing the project results and discussing the major developers. The survey forms are text and color photographs of eighty-one buildings along Richmond Avenue and Wesleyan in southwest Houston. The buildings are described according to site number, address, name of occupant, building and site classification, architectural features, building materials, year built and owner. Notebook dividers index the forms with tabs listing the Richmond or Wesleyan street address number. After the survey forms are copies of articles related to the developers who built the majority of buildings. Following the originals in four folders are black-and-white photocopies of the originals with copies of magazine articles about a few of the structures.


The collection is arranged into three series: maps, survey forms and builder descriptions. The maps are illustrated maps of the Richmond Corridor and Harris County Appraisal District maps. The survey forms are arranged in ascending numerical order according to street addresses. The builder information contains a project log from Gerald D. Hines and articles about developers Gerald Hines and Kenneth Schnitzer.
Survey forms
Builder Information


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the papers of the Richmond Corridor Building Survey in Houston must be obtained from the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture of the University of Houston, University Park, Houston, Texas.

Index Terms

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Mod, Anna
Moore, Barry
University of Houston College of Architecture
Building survey
Richmond Corridor (Houston, Tex.)
Upper Kirby District (Houston, Tex.)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Anna Mod, a preservation consultant, assisted in the direction of this student research effort and donated the collection to the Houston Metropolitan Research Center in 2006. Barry Moore, who donated his architectural drawings to HMRC, was an adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Houston and advised students in conducting this project.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ron Drees, February 2007.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1 – Illustrated Maps

Box Folder
1 1 Maps – Descriptions of the Areas Surveyed; 1997, 2003, n.d.

Series 2 – Survey Forms

Box Folder
1 2 Street Addresses: Richmond Avenue buildings; 2600 – 3336 Richmond Avenue with accompanying articles, 1962 - 2002, n.d.
3 Street Addresses: 3403 Richmond through 4010 Richmond, Greenway Plaza 1-4, 3101 and 3702 Wesleyan Avenue, 1963 - 2002
4 Street Addresses: 4014 Richmond through 4252 Richmond; accompanying article, 1965, 28 August 2002

Series 3 - Builder Information

Box Folder
1 4 Project Log, Articles, Bibliography; 1958-2002
5-8 Folders 5-8 are copies of folders 1-4, 1958-2003