Thursday, October 29, 2015

There goes the Shell: Gas Station Demo on Richmond (action pics)

1810 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098
Demolition of former Shell gas station in the 1800 block of  Richmond Ave 
The abandoned Shell gas station and store (still showing up on Google Maps as Richwood Food Market) just a bit West of the intersection of Richmond Ave with Woodhead is no more. All that was still standing today when these pics were taken was the Shell logo on the tall sign, towering over the demolition site. This is not a casualty of the drop in the oil price. The former filling station had been shuttered for many months, and had served as a canvas for graffiti and more ambitious street art, and as a hangout for the neighborhood's street people.


Abandoned and Tagged: Montrose Shell station in August 2015 
Archival pic of abandoned Shell gas station (8/8/2015) 


King Cole 
Bright yellow old-style liquor stire sign

Placards on east side of King Cole facing Woodhead (8/8/2015) 
Woodhead Street
Richwood neighborhood marker
and green Woodhead Street name sign 
Additional La Tapatia Parking next to old shack
on North side of Richmond East of Woodhead 
La Tapatia 

 1801 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098 (former cierra store)
 1801 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098

This is the former cierra store location, as still noticeable by what remains of the signage. Furniture, home goods, and accessories store Cierra moved here from its original (larger) store on W. Alabama near Kirby and then went out of business. The space has been posted for lease for months.  
1801 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098 - FOR LEASE (8/8/2015)
Space for Lease: Site pic 8/8/2015 


The demolition of the gas station at 1810 Richmond does not mark the end of Shell's presence in the Gayborhood. There are two Shell-branded gas stations nearby: one on the corner of Richmond and Montrose Blvd, and another one the corner of W. Alabama and Montrose. Pics follow below.

Shell Gas Station on corner of 
Montrose and Richmond 

Shall Gas Station and convenience store 
on NW corner of W Alabama and Montrose Blvd. 

1 comment:

  1. Good pics... I just saw that Shell was torn down a few minutes ago when I went by!

    That Shell was always so expensive - both the gas and the snacks inside. I don't know how it lasted as long as it did.


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