Grand whitewash wipes out panorama of Houston architectural icons from the past and the recent present, along with painted-in tribute to blue-panted but not blue-collared artisans
Not just faded; - gone: The H-Town cityscape theme mural on the East-facing wall of the Pittsburgh Paints Store on West Alabama next to Bollo Pizza. Photos from before and after the whitewash, above and below, respectively.
PPG Pittsburgh Paints: Still into selling paints, after stripping the multichromatic vibrancy off its own wall, exuding a saddening sense of striped blues. -- Go figure.
Area denizens and preservationists should have given a hoot and campaigned against the whitewash. At least the Owl across the street still adds quality to the neighborhood, now with sidewalk landscaping in flowery hues to complement the lush well-watered grass after the ample rainfalls.
Also see older post on --> Murals we Lost (archival pics)
BELOW: MURALISTIC RETROSPECTIVE
|Detail of Orange Show Mural depicting Downtown Houston skyscrapers and landmark pylon sign of the Alabama Theater|
(on S. Shepherd, now Trader Joe's) (Nov 2015 photo)
|Full spread of The Orange Show Mural in Nov 2015|
|Owl Bar patio with seasonal red and white dots on the green strip out front|