Hidalgo Park Quiosco
7000 Avenue Q & N. 70th St.
Houston , 77011
Notes: Untold Story application to THC, accepted 07-30-2010; Application submitted to THC, Class of 2010, 10HR22; HCHC notified of receipt of marker 08-01-2011; not listed in THC Atlas as of 08-01-2013; listed in Harris County alphabetical list Dec. 2013
Directions: From Hwy 45 north on South Wayside, continue north on N 69th Street at "Y" (it becomes SSgt Macario Garcia Drive) to Ave. Q; Or from Interstate 10 south on North Wayside and then east on Navigation to SSgt Macario Garcia Drive (N. 69th Street), north on Macario Garcia four blocks to Avenue Q, east one block on Ave. Q to park at the corner of Ave. Q and 1600 blk of 70th Street; marker is to the right, facing, of the Quiosco stairway
Key Time Period: 1920 - 1940 Post-WW I & Depression
Marker Text: This unique structure was commissioned by the Mexican American Community of Magnolia Park under the leadership of local physician A. G. Gonzales. Built at a cost of $2,300, September 16, 1934, the anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain. The City of Houston acquired the park property in 1926 when the City of Magnolia Park was annexed.
Created in the style of Faux Bois (false wood) or El Trabajo Rustico (rustic work), the 25' X 25' Quiosco is constructed of an iron frame covered entirely with hand-molded textured concrete, giving it the appearance of having been built from raw and processed tree products. The eight columns supporting the roof resemble tree trunks, each with a different bark texture. The hand railings appear to be made from branches fastened together to encircle the structure. The ceiling was designed to look like wood shingles, and the roof has a thatch-like covering. A unique apparent on the stage floor, and a flag pole atop the roof resembles a tree branch. An inscription on one of the Quiosco steps read "Houston Mexicans to their City, V. Lozano." The structure was designed and constructed by Houston resident an Mexican native Vidal Lozano (1888-1936). Lozano was employed as an iron works molder and pipe fitter, and the Hidalgo Park Quiosco is the only known public example of his artwork.
A common structure in public urban areas of Mexico, the gazebo-like Quiosco continues to serve the Magnolia Park community as a venue for Mexican American presentations entertainment and celebrations.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2010
Marker is the Property of the State of Texas
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)
Key Map Information: 494 V
GPS Coordinates: 29 44.801, 95 17.828
Precinct No: 2
Marker No: 16686