Gray-scale pavers perk up a front patio and walkway off the widened driveway of a renovated 1950 ranch. The north-facing Larchmont property is on a street blocked from nearby Chimney Rock Rd. by the neighborhood’s border fence, though gates do allow pedestrian access; there’s also a sound buffering barrier beyond the homes on the street behind this one, which back up to a stretch of the Southwest Fwy. feeder road.
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Slampo notices another famous Houston dome from the 1960s has lost its tenants:
While its exact wonderment ranking is lost to history, it is generally recognized by preservationists and architectural historians as the first domed transmission repair shop in the 3400 block of Chimney Rock. The first fully equipped one, that is. But now the Transmission Dome has fallen into disrepair and disuse, a magnet for the graffiti artist and vagabond. There is some talk of turning the Dome into a Japanese-style hot-sheet hotel, complete with a small “gondola ride” between cubicles, but the credit crunch has probably queered those plans.