One of Houston’s long-time institutions is featured on the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas ornament.
The Houston Herald, which has served Houston and the surrounding area since 1878, will be pictured on the ornament, which goes on sale at area businesses.
The scene on the holiday trinket is a photograph of the Herald at 112 E. Main, which is the modern day home of attorney Brad Eidson. Among those pictured are Col. William L. Lyles and his son, E.K. Lyles, who is the grandfather of attorney William E. Gladden of Houston.
The location is one of a handful over the last 129 years for the Herald, which remains on Grand Avenue today. The Herald was among several businesses wiped out by a spring 1950 fire, and it rebuilt where its offices are situated today. Over the years, the Herald’s operation has expanded. In 2001, it acquired and occupied the Covert building south of its original office after extensive renovations. It also occupies a portion of office space owned by Hiett Title Co.
The ornament is one in a series of Houston scenes. The past ornaments include one of the historic Leavitt home.