The majority of the pecan tree formerly growing at the northeast corner of 509 Louisiana St. has, as of yesterday afternoon, migrated to the far southeast corner of the adjacent lot at 517 Louisiana. A reader sends this snapshot peeking in on the scene from the lowercase alley behind the Lancaster Hotel (visible on the far left) toward the capitalized Alley Theatre in front (visible at the top of the shot, behind the small flock of green recycling bins). The reader disavows any claim to professional tree expertise, but notes that “the rotting story may have some validity.” (It remains to be seen whether the misty figure of Chief Bowl will follow the logs, or remain rooted to their former home.)
The tree, formerly growing in the hidden courtyard of the paint-company-turned-Star-of-Hope-eventually-turned-Longhorn-Cafe, was moved in pieces to the back corner of the lot formerly housing Charley’s 517; that building made its own storied transition through various types of automobile and industrial service before landing in the restaurant business. Both buildings were constructed in 1906 and demolished in January.
- Previously on Swamplot: Tree Professionals: Pecan at 509 Louisiana St. Would Have Just Died Anyway; A Glimpse of the Hidden Pecan at 509 Louisiana St., Now That the Building is Out of the Way; A Quick Houston Ghost Story, Before 509 Louisiana St. Gives Up the Ghost; Those 2 Century-Old Louisiana St. Buildings Being Demolished Now for Lancaster Hotel Parking; Daily Demolition Report: Deeply Rooted
Photos: Swamplot inbox (rearranged pecan tree), KineticD (pecan in original configuration)