History and The Houston Parks and Recreation Department

It is  an important part of  Houston’s past that has been preserved for future generations.

On Tuesday evening,  Mayor Bill White and the city of  Houston Parks and Recreation Department unveiled the newly renovated Gragg Building in Southeast Houston.

Years ago the same building served as the headquarters for NASA’s manned spacecraft center.

Today the  spacious  building  serves as the headquarters for HPARD  Director Joe Turner and countless other employees who help  keep our city facilities looking nice and well-maintained throughout the year.

Beginning  in 2010,   Houstonians will have the opportunity to rent some of the  indoor and outdoor  space to hold weddings and other special events.

Few people realize that the Gragg Building’s connection to NASA from 1962 to 1964,  In fact, there are several really cool photographs hanging in the lobby to remind city employees and visitors that the building has special significance, and is more than just brick  and mortar.

You can read more about the building’s history on the city of  Houston website: http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/graggpark.html

The building recently underwent a $16 million renovation that preserved its character and historic significance, according to Turner.

The Gragg Building is a city landmark and is on the National Register of  Historical Places. 

 It will also be designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Commission.

Meanwhile, dozens of  Houstonians attended the unveiling Tuesday  night, including Houston’s first Lady Andrea White, newly elected city council member Oliver Pennington and his wife,  HPARD staff member Gail Brown, Mayoral candidate Gene Locke and Mrs. Locke, the architects and many others who had an opportunity to tour the building.

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