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PHOTOS: See Houston’s favorite places and busiest byways when they were still under construction

We know them, we love, and in the case of most major roadways, we altogether loathe them. 

Click through to see what some Houston landmarks and monuments to traffic looked like when they were being built…

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PHOTOS: See Houston’s favorite places and busiest byways when they were still under construction

We know them, we love, and in the case of most major roadways, we altogether loathe them. 

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“Rising majestically on the plains of south Houston is one of the true wonders of the world, the $19 million air-conditioned Harris County domed stadium, the only one of its kind in existence. The future home of the Colt .45s baseball team and the Oilers football team is excited to be completed late in 1964, but it is unlikely the first sports event in the new structure will be held before 1965. Construction is some 30 days ahead of schedule.” — Published Nov. 17, 1963

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“Rising majestically on the plains of south Houston is one of the true wonders of the world, the $19 million air-conditioned Harris County domed stadium, the only one of its kind in existence. The future home

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Photo: Curtis McGee/© Houston Chronicle

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The Astrodome, billed as “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” was built for Major League Baseball and is still home of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. 

The Astrodome, billed as “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” was built for Major League Baseball and is still home of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. 

Photo: Ted Rozumalski, File

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Workers head away from Reliant Stadium at the end of their shift Tuesday afternoon, July 16, 2002 as construction continues on stadium the Texans will officially call home when the venue opens for gridiron business on Aug. 24. (Smiley N. Pool/Chronicle) less
Workers head away from Reliant Stadium at the end of their shift Tuesday afternoon, July 16, 2002 as construction continues on stadium the Texans will officially call home when the venue opens for gridiron … more

Photo: Smiley N. Pool, File

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Trucks line up in the Astrodome parking lot as workers begin pouring the mat footing foundation of 45 thousand yards of concrete for one of four ‘super’ columns that will eventually support the new NRG Stadium’s steel-mesh retractable roof.  less
Trucks line up in the Astrodome parking lot as workers begin pouring the mat footing foundation of 45 thousand yards of concrete for one of four ‘super’ columns that will eventually support the new NRG … more

Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios, File

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Construction workers work on foundation of George R. Brown Convention Center in 1985.

Construction workers work on foundation of George R. Brown Convention Center in 1985.

Photo: Jerry Click, File

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 About a year away from its grand opening, the under-construction Reliant Stadium already appears to dwarf its predecessor, the Reliant Astrodome. 

 About a year away from its grand opening, the under-construction Reliant Stadium already appears to dwarf its predecessor, the Reliant Astrodome. 

Photo: Christobal Perez, File

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The Reliant Astrodome may appear in the background as Reliant Stadium begins to take shape, but both venues are key components of Houston’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.

The Reliant Astrodome may appear in the background as Reliant Stadium begins to take shape, but both venues are key components of Houston’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Photo: Ben DeSoto, File

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 The day much of Houston woke to find the deluge of the flooding from Tropical Storm Allison, Reliant Stadium continues to rise next to the Astrodome as the site saw minimum damage due to floodwaters. The team training facility is begining to take shape at bottom of the photo. Reliant Stadium will become the first retractable roof NFL facility when the Texans open for gridiron business on Aug. 24 . (BEN DESOTO/Chronicle). less
 The day much of Houston woke to find the deluge of the flooding from Tropical Storm Allison, Reliant Stadium continues to rise next to the Astrodome as the site saw minimum damage due to floodwaters. The … more

Photo: BEN DESOTO, File

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Construction and roof work at Reliant Stadium in early 2002.

Construction and roof work at Reliant Stadium in early 2002.

Photo: Karen Warren, File

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From left, Mayor Lee Brown, Texans football team owner Bob McNair, and Harris County Judge Robert Eckels stand in silhouette inside the Reliant Stadium, Monday October 1, 2001. They and other dignitaries were attending a topping out ceremony. The first game will be played less than a year away from today. Chronicle/DeSoto.  less
From left, Mayor Lee Brown, Texans football team owner Bob McNair, and Harris County Judge Robert Eckels stand in silhouette inside the Reliant Stadium, Monday October 1, 2001. They and other dignitaries … more

Photo: Ben DeSoto, File

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– Eddie Barrow, Reliant Stadium worker, installs some of the first of the stadium seats at the stadium. 

– Eddie Barrow, Reliant Stadium worker, installs some of the first of the stadium seats at the stadium. 

Photo: Karen Warren, File

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Construction workers from Manhattan/Beers start the Reliant Stadium’s retractable roof moving for the first time today, Saturday, March 23, 2002, in Houston.

Construction workers from Manhattan/Beers start the Reliant Stadium’s retractable roof moving for the first time today, Saturday, March 23, 2002, in Houston.

Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios, File

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Engineering students from Booker T. Washington HS magnet program got an up-close, behind the scenes tour of Reliant Stadium in 2002.

Engineering students from Booker T. Washington HS magnet program got an up-close, behind the scenes tour of Reliant Stadium in 2002.

Photo: Steve Ueckert, File

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Turf is installed at Reliant Stadium shown Friday evening, August 2, 2002.

Turf is installed at Reliant Stadium shown Friday evening, August 2, 2002.

Photo: SMILEY N. POOL, File

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Turf is installed at Reliant Stadium shown Friday evening, August 2, 2002.

Turf is installed at Reliant Stadium shown Friday evening, August 2, 2002.

Photo: SMILEY N. POOL, File

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Manned Spacecraft Center site prior to ground breaking and the beginning of construction in March 1962.

Manned Spacecraft Center site prior to ground breaking and the beginning of construction in March 1962.

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12/1961 — Cowboys herd cattle on the wild, beautiful site of the space laboratory planned by NASA near Webster. The beautiful coastal ranchland will become the nerve center for the adventure of man trying to conquer the cold prairies of space. HOUCHRON CAPTION (10/25/1998): Late in 1961, only months before the Manned Spaceflight Center was built, cattle roamed the coastal ranch land.

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12/1961 — Cowboys herd cattle on the wild, beautiful site of the space laboratory planned by NASA near Webster. The beautiful coastal ranchland will become the nerve center for the adventure of man trying to

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Photo: Sigman Byrd/Houston Chronicle

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Manned Spacecraft Center – Construction

Manned Spacecraft Center – Construction

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Before it was named the Johnson Space Center, the Manned Spacecraft Center broke ground and was under construction in this 1964 aerial.

Before it was named the Johnson Space Center, the Manned Spacecraft Center broke ground and was under construction in this 1964 aerial.

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Manned Spacecraft Center – Construction

Manned Spacecraft Center – Construction

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The Niels Esperson Building under construction.

The Niels Esperson Building under construction.

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 Esperson building framed by the rubble of the demolished City Auditorium in 1963.

 Esperson building framed by the rubble of the demolished City Auditorium in 1963.

Photo: Tom Colburn, File

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This June 1967 photo shows the first concrete work emerging from the excavation on the southwest corner of Post Oak and Westheimer is for the 22-story office tower portion of Galleria Post Oak, a hotel-office-shopping center complex being developed by Gerald D. Hines Interests. 

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This June 1967 photo shows the first concrete work emerging from the excavation on the southwest corner of Post Oak and Westheimer is for the 22-story office tower portion of Galleria Post Oak, a

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Photo: Mark Godfrey/© Houston Chronicle

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 The Galleria underwent an expansion in 1975 to add 250,000 square feet to the mall. 

 The Galleria underwent an expansion in 1975 to add 250,000 square feet to the mall. 

Photo: Sam C. Pierson Jr., File

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In August 1969, construction has begun on framing for the three-level Galleria shopping complex in Galleria-Post Oak, an office building-hotel-commercial project being developed by Gerald D. Hines Interests near the intersection of Westheimer and Post Oak Blvd. near 610 West Loop. Post Oak Tower, an office building at one corner of the development, is seen behind the construction. less
In August 1969, construction has begun on framing for the three-level Galleria shopping complex in Galleria-Post Oak, an office building-hotel-commercial project being developed by Gerald D. Hines Interests … more

Photo: Fred Bunch, HP Staff

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Eastex Freeway (U.S. 59). Feb. 26, 1965.

Eastex Freeway (U.S. 59). Feb. 26, 1965.

Photo: Larry Evans, File

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A Houston sunrise peers through the skyline as tradesmen begin working at a two square block mudhole that will be transformed into an $11.2 million underground parking garage and exhibit hall. 

A Houston sunrise peers through the skyline as tradesmen begin working at a two square block mudhole that will be transformed into an $11.2 million underground parking garage and exhibit hall. 

Photo: Curtis McGee, File

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Aerial view of proposed Gulf Freeway Houston 1948. Robert L. Browning Photography / handout

Aerial view of proposed Gulf Freeway Houston 1948. Robert L. Browning Photography / handout

Photo: Robert L. Browning Photography, File

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In 1980, construction has reached the top level of the 12-story Harris County jail building being erected at a cost of about $40.9 million. The new jail is located on a two-block site bounded by Commerce, Austin, Franklin and San Jacinto. The building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 1981. It was designed by Bernard Johnson Inc., architects, engineers and planners, with John S. Chase associate architect. H.A. Lott Inc. is general contractor on the project. less
In 1980, construction has reached the top level of the 12-story Harris County jail building being erected at a cost of about $40.9 million. The new jail is located on a two-block site bounded by Commerce, … more

Photo: John VanBeekum, File

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POST ILLUSTRATION AND PHOTO FROM 1978.
This artistic interpretation of new buildings to be added to downtown Houston by the year 2000 (looking west across the Eastex Freeway) was adapted from information obtained by Post real estate writer Carl Hooper and Post Business Editor Gerald Egger from various sources around the United States. In all likelihood, new skyscrapers in addition to those shown here, will be designed and constructed during the next two decades. Also, a number of questions remain as to what type of mass people-moving facilities – if any – will be available. However, a number of the buildings added to the current skyline are in planning stages or already under construction. Post sketch by Bud Bentley. Photographer: Fred Bunch
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POST ILLUSTRATION AND PHOTO FROM 1978.
This artistic interpretation of new buildings to be added to downtown Houston by the year 2000 (looking west across the Eastex Freeway) was adapted from information … more

Photo: FRED BUNCH AND BUD BENTLEY, File

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Approach to Travis-Milam connection from North Freeway dead ends near M&M Building in 1968.

Approach to Travis-Milam connection from North Freeway dead ends near M&M Building in 1968.

Photo: David Nance, File

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Jesse Jones and architect Alfred C. Finn at Sam Houston Hall construction site. Circa 1928. 

Jesse Jones and architect Alfred C. Finn at Sam Houston Hall construction site. Circa 1928. 

Photo: Cecil Thomson Studios, File

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A 1980 aerial view of the Texas Medical Center with Brays Bayou curving in the foreground. 

A 1980 aerial view of the Texas Medical Center with Brays Bayou curving in the foreground. 

Photo: John VanBeekum, File

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05/27/1967 – A one-block area bounded by Smith, Louisiana, Walker and McKinney in downtown Houston is leveled for the construction of the 50-story One Shell Plaza. Gerald Hines Interests is the developer of the downtown skyscraper being built by W.S. Bellows Construction Co. The Tennessee Building is in the left background. less
05/27/1967 – A one-block area bounded by Smith, Louisiana, Walker and McKinney in downtown Houston is leveled for the construction of the 50-story One Shell Plaza. Gerald Hines Interests is the developer of the … more

Photo: Curtis McGee, HC Staff

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Construction on One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana. Circa 1970. 

Construction on One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana. Circa 1970. 

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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Construction continues on the stage and the pit area of the Jesse Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in 1966.

Construction continues on the stage and the pit area of the Jesse Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in 1966.

Photo: Tom Colburn, File

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Sir John Barbirolli visits Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts construction site in 1965.

Sir John Barbirolli visits Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts construction site in 1965.

Photo: File

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 Construction of the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in 1965.

 Construction of the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in 1965.

Photo: Sam C. Pierson Jr., File

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 Construction of the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Sam C. Pierson in 1965.

 Construction of the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Sam C. Pierson in 1965.

Photo: Sam C. Pierson Jr., File

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Construction of the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in 1965.

Construction of the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in 1965.

Photo: File

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Aerial view in 1967 of construction of Alley Theatre and surrounding area – Jesse H. Jones Hall, Jones Plaza

Aerial view in 1967 of construction of Alley Theatre and surrounding area – Jesse H. Jones Hall, Jones Plaza

Photo: Jim Cox, File

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Katy Freeway, Interstate 10, under construction. Facing east from West Loop looking through Memorial Park. Dec. 20, 1966 Tom Colburn : Chronicle file

Katy Freeway, Interstate 10, under construction. Facing east from West Loop looking through Memorial Park. Dec. 20, 1966 Tom Colburn : Chronicle file

Photo: Tom Colburn, HC Staff

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Katy Freeway, Interstate 10, under construction. Looking west from 1900 block of Patterson on Dec. 20, 1966.

Katy Freeway, Interstate 10, under construction. Looking west from 1900 block of Patterson on Dec. 20, 1966.

Photo: Tom Colburn, File

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Looking south from Pierce overpass in 1969 between Hamilton and Chartres, Texas State Highway Dept. workers clear land in preparation for the freeway link to connect the Eastex and Southwest Freeways. In the distance, San Jacinto High School appears to block passage, but the right-of-way swings west before it reaches Holman to bypass the school and meet with the Southwest Freeway. The new construction will also link both Eastex and Southwest Freeways with the Gulf Freeway by way of the “Pierce Elevated.” less
Looking south from Pierce overpass in 1969 between Hamilton and Chartres, Texas State Highway Dept. workers clear land in preparation for the freeway link to connect the Eastex and Southwest Freeways. In the … more

Photo: Curtis McGee, Houston Chronicle

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Construction on Transco Tower in 1982.

Construction on Transco Tower in 1982.

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The world’s tallest suburban office building, the 64-story Transco Tower in City Post Oak, was topped out Dec. 8, 1982.

The world’s tallest suburban office building, the 64-story Transco Tower in City Post Oak, was topped out Dec. 8, 1982.

Photo: File

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San Jacinto Monument under construction. Dec. 1937.
P.W.A. DOCKET TEX 1975-R
Alfred C. Finn Architect
W.S. Bellows Construction Co. contractor
credit: Merchants Photo Service

San Jacinto Monument under construction. Dec. 1937.
P.W.A. DOCKET TEX 1975-R
Alfred C. Finn Architect
W.S. Bellows Construction Co. contractor
credit: Merchants Photo Service

Photo: File

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Ground is cleared for a parking area as construction progresses on a major enlargement of the Memorial City Shopping Center on Katy Freeway at Gessner Road in 1973.

Ground is cleared for a parking area as construction progresses on a major enlargement of the Memorial City Shopping Center on Katy Freeway at Gessner Road in 1973.

Photo: Bill Thompson, File

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. Astroworld, the 56-acre amusement and entertainment center, is shaping up south of the Domed Stadium at the South Loop. This aerial photo has the park in the foreground and the stadium in background. Stan McIlvaine, Astroworld general manager, said construction is now 72 percent complete and the multimillion-dollar park remains on schedule for a June 1 opening. less
. Astroworld, the 56-acre amusement and entertainment center, is shaping up south of the Domed Stadium at the South Loop. This aerial photo has the park in the foreground and the stadium in background. Stan … more

Photo: GULF PHOTO, File

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Greezed Lightnin’ is shown under construction on Dec. 8, 1977. The ride had the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds, and thrilled riders with its speed and loop.

Greezed Lightnin’ is shown under construction on Dec. 8, 1977. The ride had the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds, and thrilled riders with its speed and loop.

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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Pictured under construction in May 1968, the Alpine Sleigh roller coaster ride carried guests into chilly, dark tunnels and featured a surprise abominable snowman that jumped out at the end.

Pictured under construction in May 1968, the Alpine Sleigh roller coaster ride carried guests into chilly, dark tunnels and featured a surprise abominable snowman that jumped out at the end.

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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The ride Thunder River is pictured under construction in 1980.

The ride Thunder River is pictured under construction in 1980.

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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Alley Theatre under construction in 1968. Photo courtesy of Alley Theatre.

Alley Theatre under construction in 1968. Photo courtesy of Alley Theatre.

Photo: Chronicle

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Alley Theatre under construction in 1968. Photo courtesy of Alley Theatre.

Alley Theatre under construction in 1968. Photo courtesy of Alley Theatre.

Photo: Chronicle

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Aerial view of construction on the Alley Theatre. Bill Goodwin / Houston Post

Aerial view of construction on the Alley Theatre. Bill Goodwin / Houston Post

Photo: Bill Goodwin, File

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 Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral during the construction of the Pierce Elevated Freeway in the late 1960’s. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston.

 Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral during the construction of the Pierce Elevated Freeway in the late 1960’s. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston.

Photo: Courtesy Of The Archdiocese Galveston-Houston.

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Construction of the original terminals at Intercontinental Airport in 1968.

Construction of the original terminals at Intercontinental Airport in 1968.

Photo: Houston Airport System, File

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10/16/1965 – Sir John Barbirolli visits Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts construction site.

10/16/1965 – Sir John Barbirolli visits Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts construction site.

Photo: File

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Site of proposed 5.29 acres of downtown Houston land, to be transformed into a major urban park Discovery Green.

Site of proposed 5.29 acres of downtown Houston land, to be transformed into a major urban park Discovery Green.

Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios, File

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Downtown Sakowitz store under construction, Aug. 6, 1950.

Downtown Sakowitz store under construction, Aug. 6, 1950.

Photo: HC Staff

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1950 aerial of Rice Stadium under construction.

1950 aerial of Rice Stadium under construction.

Photo: Houston Chronicle File Photo

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Miller Outdoor Theatre under construction, February 1968. (Darrell Davidson / Chronicle file)

Miller Outdoor Theatre under construction, February 1968. (Darrell Davidson / Chronicle file)

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The George R. Brown Convention Center extension and the new Houston Rockets arena are easily seen from the 40th floor of the former Enron building in downtown Houston Thursday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2003.

The George R. Brown Convention Center extension and the new Houston Rockets arena are easily seen from the 40th floor of the former Enron building in downtown Houston Thursday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2003.

Photo: Kevin Fujii, File

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New Multi-Purpose Arena on the corner of Polk and La Branch St. in downtown Houston in 2002.

New Multi-Purpose Arena on the corner of Polk and La Branch St. in downtown Houston in 2002.

Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios, File

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A view from the upper level as work continues on Toyota Center in 2003.

A view from the upper level as work continues on Toyota Center in 2003.

Photo: John Everett, File

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The Hilton-Americas hotel (left) under construction next to the the Toyota Center (right) at 1600 Lamar in Houston, Texas, August 18, 2003. 

The Hilton-Americas hotel (left) under construction next to the the Toyota Center (right) at 1600 Lamar in Houston, Texas, August 18, 2003. 

Photo: James Nielsen, File

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A construction worker drives a cherry picker in front of the new downtown arena after a press conference, 07/24/03, announcing “Toyota Center”it,s new name. Toyota reached a multi-year agreement, for an unknown amount of money, with the Houston Rockets which was announced on the floor of the arena. (Buster Dean / Chronicle) less
A construction worker drives a cherry picker in front of the new downtown arena after a press conference, 07/24/03, announcing “Toyota Center”it,s new name. Toyota reached a multi-year agreement, for an unknown … more

Photo: Buster Dean, File

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Workers perch on a cherry picker as work continues on Toyota Center, 08/08/03. 

Workers perch on a cherry picker as work continues on Toyota Center, 08/08/03. 

Photo: John Everett, File

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 A view from the upper level shows the centrally placed scoreboard as work continues on Toyota Center, 08/08/03. 

 A view from the upper level shows the centrally placed scoreboard as work continues on Toyota Center, 08/08/03. 

Photo: John Everett, File

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Enron Field in 1998.

Enron Field in 1998.

Photo: Kevin Fujii, File

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Enron Field. Construction progress at the new downtown baseball stadium in 1998.

Enron Field. Construction progress at the new downtown baseball stadium in 1998.

Photo: D. Fahleson, File

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Construction workers lift a replica of a 19th century locomotive onto tracks that run alongside the moveable roof at the Houston Astro’s new downtown baseball stadium called Enron Field in Houston, Saturday March 18, 2000. The first game in the ballpark will be played on March 30. (AP Photo/Michael Stravato) less
Construction workers lift a replica of a 19th century locomotive onto tracks that run alongside the moveable roof at the Houston Astro’s new downtown baseball stadium called Enron Field in Houston, Saturday … more

Photo: MICHAEL STRAVATO, File

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Aerial view of construction progress at the Ballpark at Union Station or Enron Field shot September 23, 1999 and showing the area surrounding the new ballpark on the East side of downtown Houston. (Richard Carson/Chronicle) less
Aerial view of construction progress at the Ballpark at Union Station or Enron Field shot September 23, 1999 and showing the area surrounding the new ballpark on the East side of downtown Houston. (Richard … more

Photo: RICHARD CARSON, File

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PHOTO FILED: GULF FREEWAY-HOUSTON. 10/01/1948 – Gulf Freeway construction near Telephone Road. Paul Seals / Houston Chronicle NEGS IN HISTORICAL FILES: GULF FREEWAY-HOUSTON. HOUCHRON CAPTION (06/28/1999): While residents marveled at the Gulf Freeway – Houston’s first – they also felt its downside. About 250 students a day had to be escorted through the interchange of Telephone Road and the freeway, shown under construction in October 1948, to get to Henderson Elementary. HOUSTON CHRONICLE SERIES: CONSTRUCTION AHEAD/TODAY: GULF FREEWAY. HOUCHRON CAPTION (12/12/1999): Police officers help children cross the street beside construction of the Gulf Freeway in 1948. less
PHOTO FILED: GULF FREEWAY-HOUSTON. 10/01/1948 – Gulf Freeway construction near Telephone Road. Paul Seals / Houston Chronicle NEGS IN HISTORICAL FILES: GULF FREEWAY-HOUSTON. HOUCHRON CAPTION … more

Photo: Paul Seals, Houston Chronicle

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Gulf Freeway under construction in 1949.

Gulf Freeway under construction in 1949.

Photo: File

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Construction workers work on foundation of George R. Brown Convention Center in 1985.

Construction workers work on foundation of George R. Brown Convention Center in 1985.

Photo: Jerry Click, File

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Main St. is a mess as construction workers work on light-rail in downtown Houston in 2003.

Main St. is a mess as construction workers work on light-rail in downtown Houston in 2003.

Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios, File

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The Summit . Oct. 31, 1975. 

The Summit . Oct. 31, 1975. 

Photo: Manuel Chavez, File

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Hermann Park Lake construction in 2000.

Hermann Park Lake construction in 2000.

Photo: Joe Doggett, File

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Standing in the stage area of Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston  in 2002.

Standing in the stage area of Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston  in 2002.

Photo: E. Joseph Deering, File

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Sarofim Hall of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts under construction in downtown Houston in 2002.

Sarofim Hall of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts under construction in downtown Houston in 2002.

Photo: D. FAHLESON, File

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Construction of Fred Hartman cable bridge.

Construction of Fred Hartman cable bridge.

Photo: E. Joe Deering, File

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New construction of Harris county criminal justice center.

New construction of Harris county criminal justice center.

Photo: John Everett, File

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Milton Berman, left, Mayor Louie Welch and Harris County Judge Bill Elliott take part in groundbreaking ceremonies for a new Foley’s store at what would soon become Almeda Mall, November 1965. (David Nance / Chronicle file) less
Milton Berman, left, Mayor Louie Welch and Harris County Judge Bill Elliott take part in groundbreaking ceremonies for a new Foley’s store at what would soon become Almeda Mall, November 1965. (David Nance / … more

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The Menil under construction at Branard and Mandell, Dec. 24, 1985.

The Menil under construction at Branard and Mandell, Dec. 24, 1985.

Photo: Sam C. Pierson Jr., Houston Chronicle

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Brays Bayou Federal Flood Control Project under construction in 1957. Image via Harris County Flood Control District

Brays Bayou Federal Flood Control Project under construction in 1957. Image via Harris County Flood Control District

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The RepublicBank Center under construction in 1982. The building is called Bank of America Center now.

The RepublicBank Center under construction in 1982. The building is called Bank of America Center now.

Photo: John VanBeekum, HC Staff

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800 Bell, formerly the Exxon Building, and before that, the Humble Oil Building, being built in 1961. 

800 Bell, formerly the Exxon Building, and before that, the Humble Oil Building, being built in 1961. 

Photo: Gordon Adkins, HC Staff

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Houstonians loved the building even while it was under construction: It was proof of the city’s growing greatness. In the years that it was under construction, the papers ran breathless stories about the skyscraper’s enormous concrete foundation, the massive amount of steel in its skeleton, the giant concrete beams in its parking garage, the cutting-edge telecom system it would deploy. (“Humble Building Will Have More Phones Than 245 Texas Cities,” proclaimed one headline.)

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Houstonians loved the building even while it was under construction: It was proof of the city’s growing greatness. In the years that it was under construction, the papers ran breathless stories about the

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Photo: Tom Colburn, HC Staff

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Bellaire High School under construction, Aug. 23, 1954. (Stan Begam / Chronicle file)

Bellaire High School under construction, Aug. 23, 1954. (Stan Begam / Chronicle file)

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Bellaire High School under construction, February 1955. (Chronicle File)

Bellaire High School under construction, February 1955. (Chronicle File)

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WaterWall Place, a high-end apartment complex, shown next to Williams Tower is under construction Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Houston. The seven-story property will overlook Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle ) less
WaterWall Place, a high-end apartment complex, shown next to Williams Tower is under construction Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Houston. The seven-story property will overlook Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. ( … more

Photo: Melissa Phillip, Staff

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Hart Peebles Building

Hart Peebles Building

Photo: Chronicle Staff

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Park in Houston Center

Park in Houston Center

Photo: Chronicle Staff

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Park in Houston Center

Park in Houston Center

Photo: Chronicle Staff

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Park in Houston Center

Park in Houston Center

Photo: Chronicle Staff

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International Plaza Tower
Year Completed: 1980

International Plaza Tower
Year Completed: 1980

Photo: Sam C. Pierson Jr., Chronicle Staff

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International Plaza Tower
Year Completed: 1980

International Plaza Tower
Year Completed: 1980

Photo: Sam C. Pierson Jr., Chronicle Staff

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International Plaza Tower
Year Completed: 1980

International Plaza Tower
Year Completed: 1980

Photo: Sam C. Pierson Jr., Chronicle Staff

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Construction is nearing completion on the 30-story Holiday Inns of America hotel at 801 Calhoun in downtown Houston. The 607-room hotel and parking garage building is on the north side of Calhoun between Travis and Milam streets. Being built at an estimated cost of about $12 million, the hotel facility is scheduled to be ready for an opening in January, 1972. The five-level parking garage below the main hotel building will provide for 420 cars. A swimming pool will be on the sixth level of the building. The facility will also provide for space for a restaurant, lounge, boutique and meeting rooms. less
Construction is nearing completion on the 30-story Holiday Inns of America hotel at 801 Calhoun in downtown Houston. The 607-room hotel and parking garage building is on the north side of Calhoun between Travis … more

Photo: Curtis McGee, Houston Chronicle

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From the Aug. 17, 1957, Houston Post: Land is being cleared and made ready for the construction of City Docks 18, 19 and 20 on the Houston Ship Channel just east of the Turning Basin. The cleared area in the left center is the place the new docks will be built. At right is City Dock 17, now nearing completion, and across the channel are the Long Reach Docks. Bids for the actual construction of these docks and for transit sheds will be opened in September. Dock Numbers 18-20 are being built out of bond funds voted last January. less
From the Aug. 17, 1957, Houston Post: Land is being cleared and made ready for the construction of City Docks 18, 19 and 20 on the Houston Ship Channel just east of the Turning Basin. The cleared area in the … more

Photo: Richard Pervin, Richard Pervin Photography

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Pedestrians walk near blockades recently placed in preparation for the repairs to Galveston’s Flagship Hotel and Pleasure Pier which will soon affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Seawall Boulevard Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Galveston. less
Pedestrians walk near blockades recently placed in preparation for the repairs to Galveston’s Flagship Hotel and Pleasure Pier which will soon affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Seawall Boulevard … more

Photo: Michael Paulsen, Houston Chronicle

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Grant Mackay Demolition Co. crews chip away at the Flagship Hotel to make room for Pleasure Pier Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Galveston.

Grant Mackay Demolition Co. crews chip away at the Flagship Hotel to make room for Pleasure Pier Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Galveston.

Photo: Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle

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Bill Reichenbach looks at the renovation occurring to Galveston’s Flagship Hotel and Pleasure Pier which will soon affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Seawall Boulevard Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Galveston. less
Bill Reichenbach looks at the renovation occurring to Galveston’s Flagship Hotel and Pleasure Pier which will soon affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Seawall Boulevard Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in … more

Photo: Michael Paulsen, Houston Chronicle

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Construction workers put together the “Iron Shark”, a Gerstlauer
Eurofighter steel roller coaster with a 100 foot vertical left at the
new Pleasure Pier, in Galveston.

Construction workers put together the “Iron Shark”, a Gerstlauer
Eurofighter steel roller coaster with a 100 foot vertical left at the
new Pleasure Pier, in Galveston.

Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios, For The Chronicle

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1/5/12 :From left to right, Kenneth Feigle, from Galveston and Don Russell, from Seaport work a medal detector on Galveston Beach as construction workers are seen building the Pleasure Pier located at 25th Street and Seawall Blvd. in Galveston, Texas, The Pleasure Pier replaces the Flagship Hotel in Galveston, Texas. less
1/5/12 :From left to right, Kenneth Feigle, from Galveston and Don Russell, from Seaport work a medal detector on Galveston Beach as construction workers are seen building the Pleasure Pier located at 25th … more

Photo: Thomas B. Shea

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Portrait of entrepreneur, developer and restauranteur Tilman Fertitta next to his latest venture Pleasure Pier along Seawall and 25th St. at the former location of the Flagship Hotel Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Galveston. The pier will be an entertainment destination with carnival rides, games and food including a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant.
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Portrait of entrepreneur, developer and restauranteur Tilman Fertitta next to his latest venture Pleasure Pier along Seawall and 25th St. at the former location of the Flagship Hotel Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in … more

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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02/10/1967 – The steeple on the sanctuary under construction for Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway, is in its place atop a 110-foot tower to be completed with a gold cross to be put up later. This is thought to be the first steeple built on the ground, then hoisted into place in Houston. The colonial-style sanctuary is expected to be completed in the fall of 1968.

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02/10/1967 – The steeple on the sanctuary under construction for Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway, is in its place atop a 110-foot tower to be completed with a gold cross to be put up later. This is thought

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Photo: Tom Colburn/Houston Chronicle

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02/10/1967 – The steeple on the sanctuary under construction for Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway, goes into its place atop a 110-foot tower. The cone, built of lead coated copper over wood on a steel frame, is hoisted in the air.

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02/10/1967 – The steeple on the sanctuary under construction for Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway, goes into its place atop a 110-foot tower. The cone, built of lead coated copper over wood on a steel frame,

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Photo: Tom Colburn/Houston Chronicle

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Houston downtown Hilton Americas, a 1,200-room hotel being built near the George R. Brown Convention Center seen in June 2003.

Houston downtown Hilton Americas, a 1,200-room hotel being built near the George R. Brown Convention Center seen in June 2003.

Photo: Carlos Antonio Rios/Houston Chronicle

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From Summer 1998: The columns for the new exit ramps from southbound I-59, which enter downtown onto Jackson and Chenevert, heading right into the area where a new baseball stadium is coming up. Some officials believe the U.S. 59 ramps are being built in a poor location and should be moved.

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From Summer 1998: The columns for the new exit ramps from southbound I-59, which enter downtown onto Jackson and Chenevert, heading right into the area where a new baseball stadium is coming up. Some officials

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Photo: Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle

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The new Jones business school is under construction on the Rice University campus on 12/27/00. The building will be built over an underground parking garage. 

The new Jones business school is under construction on the Rice University campus on 12/27/00. The building will be built over an underground parking garage. 

Photo: Betty Tichich/Houston Chronicle

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Cynthia Cooper poses in front of the new basketball arena being built in downtown Houston on May 13, 2003. Cooper is returning to the Comets after retiring. 

Cynthia Cooper poses in front of the new basketball arena being built in downtown Houston on May 13, 2003. Cooper is returning to the Comets after retiring. 

Photo: Joshua Trujillo/Houston Chronicle

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1989 – Fiesta Mart. HOUCHRON CAPTION (05/23/1989): The framework for an entrance facade soars over a Fiesta Mart being built at Interstate 45 and NASA Road 1 in Webster. The largest supermarket in the chain will cover 230.000 square feet and contain a 6,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed hydroponic garden. Fresh vegetables will be grown without soil. The target date for the store’s grand opening is Aug. 10. Used in illustration of ‘Houston’s grocery history’ 7/24/99 HOUCHRON CAPTION (07/24/1999): Fiesta built its 230,000-square-foot store in Webster in 1989.

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1989 – Fiesta Mart. HOUCHRON CAPTION (05/23/1989): The framework for an entrance facade soars over a Fiesta Mart being built at Interstate 45 and NASA Road 1 in Webster. The largest supermarket in the chain

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Photo: Buster Dean/Houston Chronicle

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From the January 11, 1960, Houston Chronicle: Home today, gone tomorrow: Folks who live in a house beside Post Oak Road today may not tomorrow. Two to three homes are being moved each week to clear land for the West Loop, which will join with the Southwest Freeway. Already 50 houses have been sold to the state and then resold to the highest bidder or moved by owners to other sections. Yet to go are 150 more, according to Bellaire City Manager Gary O. Summers. Bellaire is being sliced in half by the Loop and is losing $1,000,000 in property values, Summers says.

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From the January 11, 1960, Houston Chronicle: Home today, gone tomorrow: Folks who live in a house beside Post Oak Road today may not tomorrow. Two to three homes are being moved each week to clear land for the

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Photo: Larry Evans/Houston Chronicle

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A late 1950s aerial of city of Houston and Eastex Freeway construction

A late 1950s aerial of city of Houston and Eastex Freeway construction

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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Workers clear away debris after the demolition of the Mandell St. bridge over the Southwest Freeway in June 2000. 

Workers clear away debris after the demolition of the Mandell St. bridge over the Southwest Freeway in June 2000. 

Photo: Buster Dean/Houston Chronicle

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Construction on drainage and sewer lines continue on Southwest Freeway project in 1959. Work continues on Houston’s multimillion dollar Southwest Freeway as right of way is cleared. Part of the traffic artery drainage construction is shown above. The view looks east from Kirby Drive. State highway department engineers estimate 80 percent of the total right of way has been obtained. Right of way cost was estimated at $12,500,000 for the entire project. The total construction and right of way cost is $43,000,000, engineers said. The new freeway will ultimately connect Smith, Louisiana, Milam and Travis streets with U.S. 59 in Fort Bend County, near Stafford. E.E. Schwenke, head of the county right of way department, said 454 tracts for right of way out of 562 needed, have been obtained. Preliminary construction on the freeway began in November last year. 

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Construction on drainage and sewer lines continue on Southwest Freeway project in 1959. Work continues on Houston’s multimillion dollar Southwest Freeway as right of way is cleared. Part of the traffic artery

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Photo: Houston Chronicle

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Seen in 1966, the construction of US-59 Eastex Freeway from north side of downtown Houston near Navigation; south of Buffalo Bayou

Seen in 1966, the construction of US-59 Eastex Freeway from north side of downtown Houston near Navigation; south of Buffalo Bayou

Photo: Larry Evans/Houston Chronicle

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Land is cleared and storm sewers and right of way preparation for construction of the Southwest Freeway in December, 1958.  

Land is cleared and storm sewers and right of way preparation for construction of the Southwest Freeway in December, 1958.  

Photo: Pete Vazquez/Houston Chronicle

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1956- Inbound vehicles still jam the Main Street Viaduct although traffic there has been reduced up to 12 percent since 1953 by opening the Gulf Freeway extension. 

1956- Inbound vehicles still jam the Main Street Viaduct although traffic there has been reduced up to 12 percent since 1953 by opening the Gulf Freeway extension. 

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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In 1970, a worker steam-cleans a frontage road on the long-awaited Northwest Freeway between Mangum and Pinemont. The Texas Highway Department expects the roads to be open in about three weeks. Right-of-way preparation for the next stretch of frontage roads, Pinemont ot Jersey Village, is about 75 per cent complete. The freeway will ultimately link Houston and Hempstead, following U.S. 290 in places.

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In 1970, a worker steam-cleans a frontage road on the long-awaited Northwest Freeway between Mangum and Pinemont. The Texas Highway Department expects the roads to be open in about three weeks. Right-of-way

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Photo: Jerry Click/Houston Chronicle

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An aerial view of proposed Gulf Freeway Houston 1948. 

An aerial view of proposed Gulf Freeway Houston 1948. 

Photo: Robert L. Browning Photography

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Interstate 45 looking south toward Houston. Little York Road at bottom. May 10, 1959. 

Interstate 45 looking south toward Houston. Little York Road at bottom. May 10, 1959. 

Photo: Houston Chronicle

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In 1971, Southwest/Eastex Freeway construction from Elgin in foreground looking east. Gulf Freeway Pierce Elevated cuts across middle of photo bordering downtown buildings.

In 1971, Southwest/Eastex Freeway construction from Elgin in foreground looking east. Gulf Freeway Pierce Elevated cuts across middle of photo bordering downtown buildings.

Photo: Owen Johnson/Houston Chronicle

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Sharpstown Center pre-construction site, later opened in September 1961. When the Sharpstown Center was just a vision for a vacant plot of land alongside the nascent Southwest Freeway, the climate was right for a new kind of mall. 

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Sharpstown Center pre-construction site, later opened in September 1961. When the Sharpstown Center was just a vision for a vacant plot of land alongside the nascent Southwest Freeway, the climate was right for

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Photo: Houston Chronicle Files

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Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral is shown during the construction of the Pierce Elevated Freeway in the late 1960’s. 

Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral is shown during the construction of the Pierce Elevated Freeway in the late 1960’s. 

Photo: -/Archdiocese Galveston-Houston

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A 1955 aerial of East End area near Gulf Freeway construction. Pierce is on the far right, parallel to the Gulf Freeway construction. Markle Steel Company, 1709 Delano, is seen in the center of photo.

A 1955 aerial of East End area near Gulf Freeway construction. Pierce is on the far right, parallel to the Gulf Freeway construction. Markle Steel Company, 1709 Delano, is seen in the center of photo.

Photo: Houston Chronicle Files

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Confetti flies through the air as Sugar Land officials break ground on a 6,430-seat live entertainment venue in Sugar Land in late 2014. The Smart Financial Center as it would eventually be called opens for business in early 2017.  less
Confetti flies through the air as Sugar Land officials break ground on a 6,430-seat live entertainment venue in Sugar Land in late 2014. The Smart Financial Center as it would eventually be called opens for … more

Photo: Alan Warren

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Rida Development Corp. is developing the Marriott Marquis Hotel, a 1,000-room hotel near the George R. Brown Convention Center in conjunction with Houston First Corp. The hotel is slated for completion in the summer of 2016. The Balfour Beatty/WELBRO joint venture is building the hotel, which was designed by Morris Architects. The hotel is just north of Discovery Green Park. less
Rida Development Corp. is developing the Marriott Marquis Hotel, a 1,000-room hotel near the George R. Brown Convention Center in conjunction with Houston First Corp. The hotel is slated for completion in the … more

Photo: Katherine Feser

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The Marriott Marquis Hotel, a 1,000-room hotel under construction near the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green, is slated for completion in the summer of 2016.

The Marriott Marquis Hotel, a 1,000-room hotel under construction near the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green, is slated for completion in the summer of 2016.

Photo: Katherine Feser

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Balfour Beatly Construction construction workers work on the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Houston, TX. The Marriot Marquis Hotel expected to be open in the Summer 2016. The hotel is across from Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle) less
Balfour Beatly Construction construction workers work on the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Houston, TX. The Marriot Marquis Hotel expected to be open in the Summer 2016. The hotel … more

Photo: Thomas B. Shea

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PHOTOS: See Houston’s favorite places and busiest byways when they were still under construction

We know them, we love, and in the case of most major roadways, we altogether loathe them. 

Click through to see what some Houston landmarks and monuments to traffic looked like when they were being built…

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PHOTOS: See Houston’s favorite places and busiest byways when they were still under construction

We know them, we love, and in the case of most major roadways, we altogether loathe them. 

Click through to see

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Photo: Houston Chronicle

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