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Hi, Here's the scoop on Andy Cordell bricks.............


SIXTH WARD, HOUSTON (Texas) The sixth ward, a late nineteenth century Houston political subdivision, was bounded by Washington Avenue and Union Street on the North, Houston Street on the east, Capitol Street (North Memorial Way) on the south, and Glenwood Cemetery on the west. With Houston's largest concentration of Victorian and early twentieth century bungalow houses, the district is considered by some the "oldest intact neighborhood in the city".Sabine Street, which runs through the community, retains it's orginal brick paving. The sixth ward was orginally part of the two-league John Austin qv grant, made in 1824.S. P. Hollingsworth surveyed it into large narrow tracts that ran northward from Buffalo Bayou in 1835, but Houston Mayor William R. Baker, qv, who acquired property in the area as early as 1839 and by 1858 owned, or held mortgages on the majority of the district, is considered the man most responsible for the look of the area today.

Baker filed a final plan in 1881, and also developed and served as President of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, which closely tied development of the Community to the Railroad's activities, lines, and shops. Resident Henry R.Allen and first Mayor James S. Holman, qv who were active in promoting the Houston Ship Channel, and Chamber of Commerce, were amongst early residents who established the neighborhood's tradition of involvement in municipal affairs. Because of its link with the railroad, the Sixth Ward also became the home for a number of craftmen who worked on the railroad and also expressed their skills on many of the neighborhood houses.

The majority are one-story frame cottages, predominantly in Greek Revival style or Victorian adaptions of it. Among larger structures is the two-story Classical Revival house of Henry R Lighthouse, owner of the Lighthouse Brick Works (Later to become the Andy Cordell Brick Company).

And from another sourse comes this: "I don't know about Andy Cordell Reds being used in homes, but my three brothers and I passed thousands upon thousands of these between our hands during the summers in the early 1970s while creating storm sewer manholes and inlets in Houston. (Our dad, John Norton, owned a sewer construction company.)" Thanks Daniel.

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