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Houston Heights Post Office Building: Murals Remembered

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Murals on old Heights Post Office Building

Murals on old Heights Post Office Building

Gone but Not Forgotten

The old Heights post office building and murals are no longer there. A new multi-story building takes its place that has restaurants, retail, and loft spaces. What was written below and photographed will now be a part of Houston Heights' history.

The new architecture blends nicely into this historic neighborhood. From what we view when driving by, it is a well-utilized space that has added much functionality to the neighborhood.

I am glad that I recorded the interim graffiti mural paintings before the post office was demolished and replaced. They are gone but not forgotten.

Murals on old Heights Post Office Building

Murals on old Heights Post Office Building

Post Office Building in the Houston Heights

The clock is ticking down if you care to see the graffiti murals on the Heights Post Office building. The old post office had been operating and serving residents in the Houston Heights dating back to the 1980s.

But times have changed! Several years ago, changes took place in the U.S. government-run post offices all across our country for the cause of efficiency. In some cases, that meant closing down existing structures and selling off the proceeds to become more cost-effective. That happened with this Heights Post Office. Real estate investors purchased this property with future construction plans in place.

Two sides of this 6,161-square-foot building are in view from the corner of Heights Boulevard and 11th street. Across the street from it is the World War II Memorial on Heights Boulevard.

The actual address is 1050 Yale Street, Houston, Texas 77008, at the front of the building. There is off-street parking on that side of what used to be a functioning post office.

Murals on Heights Post Office Building: Angel Quesada mural on the right side

Murals on Heights Post Office Building: Angel Quesada mural on the right side

Graffiti Artists Create Temporary Art

The land developers decided to employ local graffiti artists by the names of Wiley Robertson and Angel Quesada to create temporary works of art on the exterior of the empty building. The artists used the walls much like an artist's palette.

This artist, who signs his work with the tag name Wiley, is known for using the word "Love" on many creations all across Houston. The letters spelling "Love" are not only on buildings but also on light posts and even stoplights.

Another very visible "Love" mural is painted on some garages at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in the Heights. I suspect that Wiley Robertson created it, but I was unable to note a signature on the mural. That may have been specified when church members commissioned the work.

“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish . . . but that's only if it's done properly.”

— Banksy,

Views From 11th Street

The photos of the walls above are on the side of the building facing 11th Street in the Houston Heights. Graffiti art on the left-hand side is by Wiley and on the right by Angel Quesada.

I read that schoolchildren from Hogg Middle School did some of the painting on the side of the building facing Heights Boulevard. Art teacher Kati Ozanic-Lemberger helped to guide that project.

The Yakwerks.com above the doors represents this art teacher and her carpenter husband's company name.

I assume many names on the doors and surrounding brickwork to the right of the large flower are those of the students who helped paint this side of the edifice.

Back of the Post Office Building

By peeking through chain link fencing, one can see the backside of this building. Fortunately, I got the lens of my camera through the enclosure to capture some of the colorful images.

The Texas artist Angel Quesada who tags his work with "@artkungfu" also did some of the graffiti artwork on the back part of this structure. In addition to being an artist, he practices and teaches the martial art of Tai Chi. His signature tag incorporates both concepts.

Since I could not get any closer, I could not identify other signatures of artists who may have done some painting on this side of the building.

“I laugh at the way some people think graffiti is all selfish tagging and vandalism. Thoughtful street art is like good fiction—it speaks out on behalf of everyone, for us all to see.”

— Carla H. Krueger

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