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Houston's Old Sixth Ward Historic Photos
Below are old pictures of homes from the neighborhood. Most still exist. Some pictures are 1970's old, some are 1940's & older.  Some pictures are in great condition, others show their age and use. They come from many different collections, J. D. Bartell, A. H. Smith, Leon Hale, Emilia Rumore (Santopolo), Martha Diaz, Bill Gay, Conte Family, Jimmy Schriver, William Lighthouse family, Rose Fazzino (Barbato), Bennie Ansell (look at her website), McLeod Family and others. Double-click on the address below, and the picture should come up in your browser. Use your web browser's back button to return to the picture's page. You will also find  pictures of families who grew up in the neighborhood, especially the Santopolo (1700 State), Romeo, Conte (1700 State), Diaz (2200 Kane), McLeod (900 Sabine) and Powers (1900 Lubbock) families. Nancy Siragusa provided the St. Joseph's photos from the 1940s. The 1947 Fire pictures came from Mary Louise Piazza. The Alexander family provided 2218 & 2220 Lubbock photos .

Here are the 1970's era appraisal photos.

This is a rough start, some are close-guesses.   If there is more than one of an address, the additional pictures have a letter to distinguish the difference. An asterisk denotes a lost, but not forgotten home. All homes on the south side of the 1700 block of State are gone.

~Larissa

Decatur Street
2215 Decatur B 2215 Decatur 2217 Decatur 2214 Decatur
2100 Decatur 2114 Decatur 2106 Decatur 2109 Decatur F
2013 Decatur A 2109 Decatur D 2109 Decatur E Man Walking
2011 Decatur A 2011 Decatur B 2011 Decatur C 2017 Decatur A
La Sudseria 2013 Decatur 2017 Decatur 1919 Decatur (postcard back)
2000 Decatur 1909 Decatur 1908 Decatur C 1904 Decatur*
1910 Decatur A 1910 Decatur B 1908 Decatur 1908 Decatur B
1807 Decatur A (from State) 1807 Decatur B (from State) 1817 Decatur 1900 Decatur
1807 Decatur * 1809 Decatur * 1820 Decatur 1820 Decatur B
2306 Decatur 1815 Decatur* 1800 Decatur 1500 Decatur A*
1500 Decatur B* 1500 Decatur C* 1500 Decatur D* 1500 Decatur E*
1500 Decatur F* 1500 Decatur G* 1500 Decatur H* 1500 Decatur I*
Hemphill Street
805 Hemphill A 805 Hemphill B 805 Hemphill C 808 Hemphill
Henderson Street
900 Henderson/Fire St. The Melting House* A The Melting House* B (Melting was in 900blk)
907 Henderson      
Kane Street
2318 Kane 2317 Kane 2319 Kane 2215 Kane A
2212 Kane 2214 Kane A 2215 Kane B 2212*/14 KaneA
2202 Kane A 2202 Kane B 2214 Kane B 2212*/14 KaneB
2218 Kane A 2218 Kane B 2203 Kane 2217 Kane*
2120 Kane*A 2120 Kane*B 2218 Kane C 2211 Kane
2113 Kane A 2109 Kane 2116 Kane 2214 Kane in 1885
    Dow School 1917 2214 Kane in 1915
2111 Kane 2111 Kane B 2111 Kane C Dow Interior
2004 Kane* 2017 Kane 2015 Kane 2015 Kane B
1904 Kane 1920 Kane (boys) 1920 Kane 1820 Kane
1817 Kane 1807 Kane A 1807 Kane (back) 1806 Kane
1816 Kane A 1816 Kane B 1816 Kane C (back) 1816 Kane D (back)
Lubbock Street
2220 Lubbock* 2220 Lubbock A * 2218 Lubbock B * 2116 Lubbock
1913 Lubbock/Powers 1913 Lubbock/Powers 2010 Lubbock 2010 (moving)
1808 Lubbock 1808 Lubbock B 1808 Lubbock C 1913 Lub/Kate, John
1801 Lubbock*A/fire 1801 Lubbock*B/fire 1801 Lubbock*C/fire 2220Lubbock C *
1704 Lubbock* 1720 Lubbock A 1720 Lubbock 1719 Lubbock
1519(McGowan)*A 1517/19* Lubbock*B McGowan Fire*A McGowan Fire*B
       
McGowan Fire*C McGowan Fire*D McGowan Fire*E McGowan Fire*F
North Memorial ( & Old West Capitol)
North Memorial* 1804 N. Memorial*A 1804/6 N. Memorial*  
1808 N Memorial*A 1808 N Memorial*B    
Sabine & Silver Streets
600 Sabine* A 600 Sabine*B 600 Sabine* C 607 Sabine*
800 Sabine A 800 Sabine B 800 Sabine C 800 Sabine D
800 Sabine E 800 Sabine F 800 Sabine G 800 Sabine H
800 Sabine I 800 Sabine J 800 Sabine K 800 Sabine L
800 Sabine M 800 Sabine N (incl 1800 Kane) 800 Sabine O 800 Sabine P
800 Sabine Q 800 Sabine R 800 Sabine S 800 Sabine T (incl 700 Sabine)
800 Sabine U 800 Sabine V   517 Sabine*
609 Silver 701 Silver*    
State Street
2211 State B 2203 State 2211 State A 2116 State
2013 State 1914 State 1814 State 1801 State
1803 State 1813 State 1813 State A  
1710/14 State A 1710 State B 1710 State C 1710 State D
1710 State E 1700 State F 1700 State Res G 1700 State H
1700 State I 1710 State J 1710 State K 1700 State*L
1700 State M 1714 State N 1714 State O 1700 State P
1718 State Q 1714 State R 1714 State S 1700 State T
1700 State*U 1720 State*V 1718 State*B 1719 State*A
1516 State* 1518 State* 1502 State  
Taylor Street
907 Taylor A 907 Taylor B 907 Taylor C 907 Taylor (back)
Union Street
2305 Union 2307 Union 2301 Union  
2300 Union A 2300 Union B    
2217 Union 2217 Union B 2217 Union D 2215 Union
2217 Union Back B 2217 Union Back C 2217 Union Back D  
2200 Union 2200 Union B 2200 Union C 2200 Union Porch
2113 Union A 2113 Union B 2113 Union C  
White Street
703 White A 703 White B Tabernacle Baptist Parsonage/Deca&White* 608 White
Washington Avenue
2300 Washington fire 1700 WA/Presswood Rayford Fire1/2*  
2735 Washington Ave Washington Ave.    
Miscellaneous (some of these may be TBA)
205 Center Center Street A Playing basketball Wagon & Mattresses
Interior 1 A Interior 1 B Interior 2 A Interior 2 B
Houston Ave Overpass 1920s A Houston Ave Overpass 1920s B Houston Ave Overpass 1927 Houston Ave Overpass 1931
Smith Men with Car Carriage Ride Unknown A Unknown 4
William Henry Lighthouse Clara Roemer Lighthouse William Irving Lighthouse Henry, Irving, & Tracy Fred Lighthouse
1947 Fire by RR Roundhouse A 1947 Fire by RR Roundhouse B Confirmation Kids 1900 Decatur
St. Joseph School First Communion St. Joseph School 1943 St. Joseph School 1944 St. Joseph School 1945
St. Joseph School 1946 St. Joseph School 1949    

Notes:  If you have pictures or information to add, contact Old Sixth Ward Conservation Officer J.D. Bartell at jonchuck@aol.com. If you know some of the "unknown" photos, or have comments or corrections, email me.

  • 2010 Lubbock used to be at 1520 State, behind the McGowan House (hence the moving day photo);
  • 2216 State (the old McGowan House) used to be at 1517 Lubbock;
  • Gendel Architects at 1807 Decatur used to be at 1810 State;
  • The storefront at 2203 State used to be at 2218 Lubbock.
  • The house at 1808 Lubbock used to be at 1808 North Memorial Way.
  • 1500 Decatur was moved, the pictures are from it's new home.
  • 1719 Lubbock is now at 1801 Lubbock

These houses were moved to SAVE THEM.  Thank their owners.  Many houses in this neighborhood have been marketed as "tear downs" by realtors and developers.  As you can see from many of the pictures posted, they can be beautifully restored and saved for generations to come.