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Image courtesy of Russell Howard

Southwestern Savings Association Building (Demolished)
Architect: C. C. Pat Fleming
5301 Bissonnet St.

From The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance:
The former Southwestern Savings Association Building at 5301 Bissonet in Bellaire has been demolished. Although Bellaire City Council members acknowledged the concerns of preservationists, they eventually approved plans by Southwest Bank of Texas to replace the distinctive 1960 building with a four-lane drive-through banking facility.

GHPA member Jeffrey Mills led the volunteer effort to preserve the structure by creating a Web site for the project and promoting the building`s redevelopment with the Southwest Bank of Texas board of directors and Bellaire offlcials GHPA also contacted the banks board and Bellaire`s mayor and council members, and encouraged GHPA members to write in support of the redevelopment proposal.

The Southwestern Savings Association Building was created by the Houston firm of Fleming Associates. CC `Pat` Fleming was trained as an architect, but is best known for his practice of landscape architecture. He was responsible for some of the area`s finest outdoor spaces, including the Diana Garden at Bayou Bend.

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