Remembering Foley’s

By Teresa Tomkins-Walsh

FP_OPTION_1 News of the impending demolition of the Macy’s née Foley’s downtown building flooded newspapers, internet, and television in August 2013. News of the decision reaffirmed for many citizens that Houston continues to be a city striding toward its future with little regard for preservation of its past.

Protests to the rather expeditious decision concentrated less on the business rationale and more on the significance of personal and collective memories. Clearly, it was not Macy’s that people remembered – it was the Foley’s that occupied two blocks at Main and Dallas. Many Houstonians fondly remembered the Christmas windows, the parades, the basement sales, the escalators, and the enveloping consumer experience. Other Houstonians remembered Foley’s as a significant symbol of segregation during the first half of the twentieth century and then the leader in the desegregation of downtown Houston during the early 1960s.

Click here to read the full article.


HBJ Photo for link

Sensing Place Blog photo for link

In her blog Sensing Place, Andrea Roberts champions the preservation and memory of African American history.  Her entry, “Houston’s ‘Archaeology of Silence:’ Demolition of Downtown Houston Macy’s/Foley’s is the Destruction of Civil Rights History” laments the loss of the Foley’s building because of its important role in desegregating Houston.

Port Wine 4Remember the cheese spreads that were sold in Foley’s deli?  Blogger Sam Hoffer of My Carolina Kitchen has recreated the Foley’s Cheddar Cheese Spread and the Foley’s Blue Cheese Port Wine Spread.  Get the recipes and read about her memories from working at the downtown store in the late sixties in her blog entry “Remembering Foley’s and Their Fabulous Cheese Spreads.”


Videos of building implosion (best viewed in Internet Explorer):




, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes