Texas Mid-Century Modern Roofs & Canopies (page 1)

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Merkel Restaurant
Merkel, TX
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Houston, TX
The Merkel Restaurant was built in 1955. It has been vacant for many years. [map]

The Miller Outdoor Theatre was designed by Eugene Werlin and Associates and built in 1968. It is a free open-air theatre in Hermann Park. [map]

former Cross Country Inn
Austin, TX


The Cross Country Inn was built in 1963. This building served as the motel's restaurant. The building now houses Taqueria Jaliscienses Mexican Food. The motel next door is now a Rodeway Inn. The building was repainted in 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

Casa del Sol
Harlingen, TX
The Casa del Sol was built in 1961 as an event center for Bowie Park. It was designed by Alan Y. Taniguchi of the Taniguchi and Croft firm. The 120-foot-wide scalloped roof is made of thin shell concrete. For more, see this website. [map]

Strawberry Pavilion
Pasadena, TX
The Strawberry Pavilion was designed by Charles Holcomb of Fitch & Holcomb and built around 1965. It is located in Strawberry Park. Pasadena has been named the Strawberry Capital of the World. For more, see this website. [map]

Hensel Park Pavilion
College Station, TX
The Hensel Park Pavilion was designed by James Marsh and built around 1963. The same "life-shape" design was used at the Little Rock Zoo in Little Rock, AR. [map]

Joe Gool Office Machines
Midland, TX
The five, overlapping mushroom canopies were built for Joe Gool Office Machines around 1962. The property has housed several used car dealerships since then. There's nothing special about the building itself. It may not be the original. [map]

Littlefield, TX
There are several of these two types of shelters on Phelps Avenue downtown. They appear to be from the 1960s. [map]

rest area
Henrietta, TX
This rest area has three concrete canopy picnic tables. They were built around 1965. For more, see this website. [map]

commercial building
Richardson, TX
This commercial building is part of a small shopping center. It was probably built in the 1960s. It has been vacant for at least a few years. Does anyone know what this building housed originally or when it was built? [map]

TC Shaved Ice
Garland, TX



I believe the TC Shaved Ice building was built in 1960. The building was housing the Frame Factory in 1973. Does anyone know what was here originally? The building has housed El Taco Taco since 2020. [map]

medical office
Garland, TX
This medical office building is directly behind the El Taco Taco building described above. It was also built in 1960 and their similar roofs makes me suspect that the two buildings were related. Perhaps the restaurant building was also a medical office originally. [map]

Golder Pharmacy
Odessa, TX
The Golder Pharmacy building appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

Merchandise Unlimited
El Paso, TX
In 1969, this building housed Merchandise Unlimited. That might have been the original occupant. It later housed at least a couple of travel agencies. I believe the building is vacant now. [map]

former Burger Train
Plainview, TX
former Burger Train
Midland, TX
Instead of car hops, the Burger Train drive-in chain featured trains operated on tracks collecting cash and delivering food to customers. The buildings were designed by Richard L. Dunham. The chain featured plastic globe signs projecting from the roof. The first Burger Train was built in Del City, OK in 1969. It was known as Henry's Burger Train. That building is gone now. There were plans to build another location in Oklahoma City but I don't know if that ever happened. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

This Plainview location was built in 1970. It is now occupied by Merit Kennels. There was previously an A&W Root Beer on the lot before this was built. The A&W was destroyed by a tornado earlier in 1970. [map]

The Midland location was also known as Love's Burger Train. It was built by 1971. The building most recently housed a hair salon. It appeared to be vacant when these photos were taken in 2020. [map]

If you know if any other locations, I'd love to hear from you.

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