26 October 2007

Houston's Old Magnolia Taproom Becomes Protected Landmark

Back in the days before Prohibition, Houston Ice and Brewing Company, aka Magnolia Brewery produced Magnolia Beer and Southern Select. In 1912, at the height of their sales, the brewery opened a taproom at 715 Franklin Street, one of ten buildings on the brewery's 20 acre site.

The brewery closed in 1918 when Prohibition struck. Later Howard Hughes would own a brewery that resurrected those famous brands.

Houston's recently enacted historic preservation ordinance has taken the Magnolia Taproom (Now called Magnolia Ballroom) under its protective wing. Now the building can be altered moved of destroyed only with the city's permission.

Cheers to the City of Houston!

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posted by Jeff Holt at 07:45

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