Monday, February 28, 2011

Navasota, Texas

The Wood Factory First Floor

The Wood Factory Second Floor

The Wood Factory Exterior
After lunch in Navasota, Jerry, Darnell, Debi and I walked around and took a few photographs. I am partial to small Texas towns and Navasota was not a disappointment.

We had lunch at the City Café where the owner took our order. There was much discussion about not writing down the order. Mine was a chicken salad sandwich with the tomato vegetable soup. I received ham and cheese on wheat with potato salad. That was okay, the ham and cheese was good and I had been debating between the potato salad and soup anyway. The café had a number of large canvas mounted photographs that the owner said were done by Russell especially for the café. He suggested that we walk around to Russell’s shop on Main Street which Debi and I did.

Miller's Theater Interior
The Wood Factory at 113 Railroad Street was amazing. It is filled with period ornamental wood trim that you would swear was from salvage except it is all brand new—amazing work. The owner gave us full access to photograph whatever we wanted. Actually, Debi and I went into other stores on Main Street and photographed at will—love to see you do that in Houston. The building that houses the Wood Factory is for sale as well as most of the adjoining buildings. If I had the money to buy them I would be moving to Navasota.

The highlight of the Main Street walk was meeting Brad Stafford and his wife Mary. Brad is the Navasota City Manager and Mary had just purchased the local movie theater. They are in the sweat equity phase of the renovation. They hope to have it finished by late March to start showing films. They invited us in to view the murals on the walls. The lights in the auditorium were not yet working so Mary held a large work light on the far mural and we were able to photograph it. I want to go back to Navasota when they have it finished for a Saturday night at the movies just like at the Palace in Burkburnett.

Miller's Theater Exterior

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