Sixties Mod Goode Company Home of Glazed Bricks and Pecan Pies Goes Down on Westpark

Demolition of Former Elgin-Butler Brick Co. Building, 2619 Westpark Dr., Upper Kirby, Houston

Behold the final moments this afternoon of the Goode Company building at 2619 Westpark, just west of Kirby Dr. A reader sends in these images of the once-swank former Elgin-Butler Brick Company Building, built in 1966 with a fine sampling of the company’s glazed wares attached to its facade and converted in 1988 to an office building and commissary for the extended Goode Co. barbecue-seafood-taqueria-armadillo empire. In this hallowed hall — and the attached warehouse building, totaling more than 14,000 sq. ft. altogether — many a brick was spec’ed and many a pecan pie was congealed. But it’s all going away now.


Demolition of Former Elgin-Butler Brick Co. Building, 2619 Westpark Dr., Upper Kirby, Houston

Last year, Goode Company announced plans to build a parking garage on the site, which is sandwiched between its Goode Company Taqueria and Goode Company Seafood restaurants.

Photos: creative accidents

Goode Riddance

11 Comment

  • It looks like the ol’ Goode Company commissary finally met its demise. Goode Company leased some warehouse space in Stafford as a new commissary almost a year ago.

  • Oh, I wish you had a close-up of the tile in the brick on the side of the building. Getting to see that was the only good thing about parking in that lot.

  • Cool mod building lost for a parking garage? Seriously, only in Houston…

  • I’ve learned to NEVER get attached to ANYTHING in Houston, nobody gives a shit snout anything…it’s such a disgrace. I’ve never seen a city that cared absolutely nothing about preserving anything, any city that had so little respect for its past will never be great… Just sorta pathetic

  • Our City and its blatant disregard for anything architectural worth preserving will go down in architectural history as the MOST lost opportunity to preserve buildings of the MODERN era.

    The City of Houston had the most rapid growth of any City during an era of architectural experimentation in design in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Any City that would allow buildings by architects like Albert C. Finn (Ben Milam Hotel), Kenneth Franzheim (Macy’s Downtown) or its version of the Tower de Eiffel (Astrodome) will be a disgrace for its lack of vision and appreciation of architectural heritage.

    I love being a Houstonians, but sheesh… Get a clue already CoH!

  • Are y’all really complaining over this???
    It’s their property….they need parking….very common sense move…

  • Ladies and Germs, this was not a landmark building. It was a “scooter pooter” building at best. I agree with what many of you are saying regarding houston’s lack of preservation, but we must pick our battles. Be careful not to step of dollars in order to pick up pennies. Stay safe out there my brothers.

    If anyone has the chance, please pick up a Coon-Dik Toothpick. Goode Co used to sell them at the I-10 Location. Great job.


  • On the plus side: vertical instead of surface parking.

  • Oh for God Sakes, this building was hardly the Holy Grail of MCM architecture. If Goode Company had preserved one tile panel and hung it on the wall that would have been nice. The rest of the building was as non descript as a Perry Home. And if this building were in Alief or East Houston no one would give a damn one way or another.

  • We don’t care about this f@@king building, it’s a metaphor for all old buildings in Houston–this city cares nothing about preservation and it’s why people that move here never have a love for the city, who would love a city that doesn’t love itself –people love New Orleans, San Antonio, NYC–even Dallas!–I never hear a transplant ever say they love Houston, they’re all like, it’s ok, I’m here because of my job I really hope to get back to wherever, just not here –it’s the same story over and over–it says so much about Houston and it’s a shame