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Houston was once touted as the “World’s Most Air Conditioned City.” Quite a claim for a city that by 1920 cooled its rooms, auditoriums and restaurants by placing a block of ice in a container and then circulating the ice water to fan radiators.

The first public room in Houston to be air-conditioned was the Rice Hotel cafeteria which was air-conditioned in 1922. The Second National Bank was the first air-conditioned building in Houston. An air-conditioner unit was installed there in 1923. Two years later, the Majestic Theatre followed suit. And by 1927, the other movie palaces on Main Street were air-conditioned as the public began expecting cool comfort to enhance their movie viewing pleasure. Houston’s first private home wasn’t air-conditioned until 1932.



from Houston Sinfonia: music for found sound, released December 1, 2017


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driving off the spleen Houston, Texas

"It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation."
(Ishmael / Moby-Dick)

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