Houston Signs

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Admiral Motel
Houston, TX
Yale Street Grill
Houston, TX
Kaplan's Ben Hur [gone]
Houston, TX
The Admiral Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Yale Street Grill opened in 1923 as the Yale Pharmacy. This building is from 1952. This is not the original sign. This sign is probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. The store still has a busy coffee shop inside. For more, see this website. [map]

Kaplan's Ben Hur was across the street from the Yale Street Grill. It opened in 1913 as a feed store named after the owner's two sons, Bennett and Herman. The department store had closed and was vacant in 2006 when this photo was taken. By 2011, the sign was gone.

Mr. Money
Pawn [gone]
Houston, TX
Huston's Drugs [gone]
Houston, TX
Warren's Cleaners
& Launderers
Houston, TX
Loma Linda
Mexican Restaurant [gone]
Houston, TX
Mr. Money Pawn might have been part of a chain. I don't know if this huge sign was ever outlined with neon. This photo is from 2006. By 2010, the business was known as Cash America and this sign was gone.

Huston's Drugs opened in 1954 and this sign appeared to be from then. The store was closed for many years but this sign remained. This photo is from 2011. In 2013, the building was redeveloped and the sign was removed.

Warren's Cleaners & Launderers opened in 1955 and is still in business. [map]

The Loma Linda Mexican Restaurant was long gone when this photo was taken in 2011. The plastic Loma Linda letters were probably added later, replacing the original restaurant's name. The sign disappeared around 2014.

Adolf Hoepfl Garage
Houston, TX
The Adolf Hoepfl Garage was established in 1946. The neon sign might be from then or slightly later. The pole sign is probably from the 1960s. The shop is now known as the Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage. There are different owners but the name remains the same. These photos are from 2018. In 2019, the neon sign was adapted to read "Liberty Hoepfl Garage." [map]

Schill Steel Company
Houston, TX
Tommie Vaughn Ford
Houston, TX
The Schill Steel Company was established in 1951. This sign is probably from then. Since 1987, the company has been known as Schill Steel Services. [map]

Tommie Vaughn Ford was established in Granbury, TX in 1946. In 1949, Tommie moved the dealership to Glendale, CA. In 1955, he moved back to Texas and opened the dealership in Houston. In 1957, the dealership was moved to its current location. This sign is probably from then. The double-sided panels revolved originally. Hawks like making their nests at the top of the tower. For more, see this website. [map]

Wm A. Smith
Construction Co. [gone]
Houston, TX
Food Market
Houston, TX
Burger Mart
Houston, TX
The Wm A. Smith Construction Co. was established in 1924. The sign was built around 1950. The company was long gone but this sign remained until 2019 when it fell over in a storm. The sign is now in a private collection.

The Wing-On Food Market was built in 1945. This sign might be from then or the 1950s. [map]

The Burger Mart was built in 1962. The building was demolished in 2009 and the lot is still vacant. This sign remains. [map]

Rulon Electric [gone]
Houston, TX
Felix Mexican
Restaurant [gone]
Houston, TX
Continental Club
Houston, TX
Rulon Electric was established in 1947 and this sign was probably from then. The sign was gone by 2014.

The Felix Mexican Restaurant chain was established in the 1930s. By 1971, there were six locations in Houston and one in Beaumont, TX. This location opened in 1948. This sign looks like it was built in the 1950s. The restaurant closed in 2008. It was the last location to survive. By 2012, the sign was removed. It was supposedly split into three pieces and listed for sale on eBay. However, it appears that the sign did survive and was adapted and reinstalled for Uchi, the restaurant at the location now. The sign no longer has the cactus or the sleeping Mexican.

I don't know if any of the other locations had a sign like this. Larry's Original Mexican Restaurant in Richmond, TX opened in 1960 and features an identical neon sign. Larry Guerrero was a friend of Felix Tijerina Sr. Felix helped Larry with the opening of his restaurant. For more, see this website.

The Continental Club opened in 2000. This sign is a replica of the one at the Austin location which opened in 1957. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Westbury Centerette [gone]
Houston, TX
Jensen Square
Houston, TX
Key Maps
Houston, TX
The Westbury Centerette shopping center was vacant except for a laundromat when this photo was taken in 2011. It was built in 1962. There was a clock on top of the sign that was blown off during Hurricane Ike in 2008. The shopping center was demolished in 2015. The sign was gone by 2016.

The Jensen Square shopping center sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

This globe was installed on top of the Key Maps pole sign. The store closed in 2015 but this sign remains. The globe was probably built in the 1960s. It was internally lit and probably revolved originally. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Houston, TX
Brake Check
Houston, TX
The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church was built in 1875. This neon "Jesus Saves" sign had been installed on the church's tower by 1945. For more, see this website. [map]

The Brake Check chain was established in San Antonio, TX in 1968. There are now about 36 locations in Southeast Texas with half of them in Houston. Most of the locations have large signs with neon and plastic like this one. For more, see this website. [map]

Dean's Credit Clothing
Houston, TX
Dean's Credit Clothing opened in 1938 as a department store. These signs appear to be from the 1950s. In 1999, the space was turned into a bar with the same name. It later became Dean's on Main. It is now Dean's Downtown. For more see, these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Tacos El Jaibo
Houston, TX
Harold's in the Heights
Houston, TX
This sign-topper is installed above the Tacos El Jaibo sign. It was probably built in the 1960s. The protruding pins indicate that this sign had neon originally. The sign may have advertised for the strip mall name previously. [map]

Harold's in the Heights, a men's clothing store, opened in 1950. The store closed in 2011. The building was remodeled and subdivided. In 2013, Harold's Restaurant & Tap Room opened in part of the building and revived the signs from the clothing store, hanging them above the parking lot and the outdoor dining area. Neither sign has the original neon tubing. For more, see this website. [map]

former Jim Dandy
Fried Chicken
Houston, TX
former Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
Houston, TX
These former Jim Dandy Fried Chicken signs are probably from the 1960s or 1970s. The only location left that I know of is in Los Angeles and it does not have this style sign.

The first location shown above was built in 1970. The building now houses #1 Chicken, Rice & Seafood. The "Fried Chicken" letters were removed from the building around 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

The second location shown above was built in 1970. The building now houses Super Chicken & Rice. The chicken was painted red by 2016. There are a couple of other former Jim Dandy locations in Houston but they do not have the chicken sign. [map]

Hardware [gone]
Houston, TX
G&G Model Shop
Houston, TX
Oak Forest Shoe Shop [gone]
Houston, TX
Wagner Hardware moved to this location in 1948. This sign was probably from then. This photo is from 2011. The store is gone now and the sign disappeared in 2014.

The G&G Model Shop opened in 1945 and this sign was probably built then. [map]

The Oak Forest Shoe Shop sign appeared to be from the 1950s or earlier. The sign was removed around 2018.

Houston Shoe Hospital
Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX

Houston Shoe Hospital
Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX
2011: 2018:

Houston Shoe Hospital
Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX
The Houston Shoe Hospital was established in 1906. There are now eight locations in Houston. I don't believe any of the locations still have vintage signs. In recent years, the company has either branched out or sold the rights to use their logo and signs for several Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth locations. For more, see this website.

The Kirby shares the building with Pilgrim Cleaners. The sign is a neon-less replica. The sign still had neon in 2006. [map]

The Westheimer location moved in 2014 to a new location on the same street. The rooftop sign was either repainted or replicated and installed on front of the building. For more, see this website. [map]

The sign at the Shepherd location appears to be modern. [map]

Spec's Liquor
Smith St.
Houston, TX
Spec's Liquor
Stella Link Rd.
Houston, TX
Spec's Liquor
Ennis, TX
Spec's Liquor opened in Houston in 1962 and now has more than 100 stores in Texas. The company's warehouse location on Smith St. is the largest. When this store was remodeled, a glass dome portion of the building was constructed to display one of the old signs. The sign in the dome revolves. [map]

I don't know when the Stella Link Rd. location was built or how old this sign is. It has been there since at least 2007. [map]

I believe that the sign in Ennis is modern. That location opened sometime between 2008 and 2013. [map]

There is also a modern sign in Elgin, TX with a different design.

More Houston Signs:
Antonio's Flying Pizza
Arandas Bakery [map]
Chief Motel [vintage; gone]
End-O-Pest [gone]
Holiday Liquor [gone]
King Cole Liquors [gone]
Mitchell Inn [vintage; gone]
Shipley Do-Nuts
Wald Transfer & Storage Company
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