We are lucky to have Argo Georgandis, our Historian, living in our neighborhood. She has family roots in Winlow Place dating back decades, as illustrated by the collection of her photo documentation below. These images tell both a story of time and place, but also a story of strength, perseverance and preservation of our beautiful inner-loop neighborhood over the years.
To begin, it is telling to look at the above photographs of 1824 Marshall then – and now. As many of the homes in Winlow Place, to this day 1824 Marshall stands proudly, well-maintained and still showcases details dating back to original construction, such as the brick detail on the façade. Built in 1935, the home would be only about 18 years old at the time of the photograph on the left. The modern (2014) photograph on the right is almost a mirror image of the original, with exception of improved color/digital photography!
Those who live in Winlow Place know that to the left of 1824 Marshall now stands a 4-plex. See the "then and now" photos above. Argo has shared details of how this was actually an empty lot for quite some time, as late as the early 1950s. The 4-plex was originally built by Dick George who constructed 1823 Kipling in the early 1950s as well (shown to the right). 1823 Kipling is documented as being built in 1952. Dick George went on to build several large complexes on "Mid-Lane" Street between Westheimer and San Felipe as well as other parts of Houston in the 50s and 60s.
A Drive Down Memory Lane:
In addition to color photography, it's safe to say that our automobiles have changed significantly since the beginnings of our neighborhood. Just check out this Buick! Not quite the same type of car you'd see on the roads with today's hybrid and electric cars! Who would have thought...
Below are a few more "then and now" photos. First, one of Argo's grandfather, Marvolis Damiris, taken in 1957 with 1825 Marshall in the background. The architectural details of 1825 Marshall are largely the same to this day thanks so the diligence of its owners – a few modifications to the front with a lovely stained glass window on the center second floor and updated front door, but notice how a large number of the home's original details still remain.
As you know, Houston is not one for winter wonderlands, but just for the record, there was a full-on snow day in 1959 – just look at Argo and Simos Georgandis in a snow-covered front yard!
Many thanks to Argo for sharing these family photos to document a piece of Winlow Place history. We are dedicated, as a neighborhood, to ensure that there are many, many more decades ahead.
– by Argo Georgandis and Caroline Garry