First Ward Murals Get Unscrewed

Yesterday’s Daily Demolition Report listed 1706 Alamo St., where Houston’s Theater LaB has operated since 1993. The 65-seat theater sat on 1,600 sq. ft. in the First Ward. Theater LaB sold the property last October. Also in the demo path, a reader reports, was Thespian Park across the street, where among bajillions of native plants the Tunisian-born set designer Rodolphe Zarka installed 18 of these panel murals in 2003. A tipster tells Swamplot that a group of First Warders were told late Monday night that everything — murals and all — was going to be bulldozed the next day.


So, with the demo crew watching from across Alamo St., the volunteers braved the overgrowth and spent about 4 hours early Tuesday morning unscrewing screws and removing the panels, each of which measured 8′ x 4′. Right now, as Theater LaB looks for a new home, Zarka’s panels have found refuge at the First Ward and Elder St. Community Gardens.

Photos: Rob Griffith

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