Blue Triangle Branch, Y.W.C.A. Building

Blue Triangle Branch, Y.W.C.A. Building (HM16QO)

Location: Houston, TX 77004 Harris County
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N 29° 44.138', W 95° 21.441'

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In the early 20th century, Houston's African American community wanted to provide recreational facilities for its youth and for African American troops stationed at Camp Logan. Various groups formed, including two interested in the welfare of young girls. The Camp Logan Activities Committee offered civics and morality instruction, and a committee created by Mary L. Jones aimed to form an organization dedicated to girls' moral and spiritual growth.

During World War I, a national representative from the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) worked with Jones to open a recreation center in 1917 in the Masonic building at 806 Clay. Following the war, the center applied to Houston's YWCA for branch status, which was given in 1920. The Blue Triangle Branch, YWCA, offered athletic, musical and educational programs for girls. In 1921, it opened a boarding house, which grew throughout the decade. During the Great Depression, the center closed the residence, but services expanded, helping hundreds of women and girls find work.

In the 1940s, the Blue Triangle YWCA began plans to build a new center. A group of women donated this site, and construction began in 1950 on the building designed by noted Houston architects Hiram A. Salisbury and Birdsall P. Briscoe. The architects chose a Transitional style, showing late Art Moderne as well as more contemporary elements. The building exhibits a semi-circular entry portico, casement windows and raised brick banding, with a fret pattern used frequently by Briscoe.

The Blue Triangle YWCA was an important part of the lives of the community's women and girls. Several women, including Lilla B. Love and Elizabeth E. Stevens, willed property to the organization in continued support of its mission. The Blue Triangle ended its YWCA affiliation in 1998. Restored and reopened by a community group, the new center offers youth and adult programs, and provides space for other groups.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2002
HM NumberHM16QO
Marker Number12935
Year Placed2002
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 6:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 272005 N 3291819
Decimal Degrees29.73563333, -95.35735000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 44.138', W 95° 21.441'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 44' 8.28" N, 95° 21' 26.46" W
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Area Code(s)713, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3005 McGowen St, Houston TX 77004, US
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