You refer to it as the Old Gulf States Building, while I think of it as the Old Edison Hotel. But we left the Beaumont area in 1965.
There are two reasons why the Edison Hotel Building is in my memories.
1. In 1957 my Wife was the first, female x-employee ever of GSU to be reemployed after a pregnancy. Women in that era were specifically tolal and made to sign an agreement that pregnancy would terminate their employment with no possibility of retrun. And in the Summer of 1957 GSU moved into the Edison Hotel from across the intersection and with me in Lamar College her job was sorely needed. They called her, not us calling them.
2. I worked many dances between 1952 and 1962 as a jazz bassiest in the ballroom on the top of the Edison, which was called "The Roof". Note the shaping of the top floor's roof. This provided the space for the high arching ceiling in "The Roof". The Edison was then the tallest hotel in the South, which led to a mystic all it's own.
Do you know if my recollection of 26 stories for the Edison Hotel's highth is correct?
Beaumont has not grown much in population. The outlying communities have exploded. While the population has remained static, the city has modernized most of it's infrastructure.
Have you been back to Beaumont recently?
I believe you are right the building does have 26 stories.
We were in Beaumont in Mid Feb 2008 for my 50th Lamar University class reunion and again this month (July 1-July 8) for my Wife's Family reunion i.e., The DeCuir Family, who are mostly from SWLA.
I posted two other Photos. One expands on your Mildred Building pics and the other is of an old multi-circuit telephone pole at the old Southern Pacific Railroad Station, It is named "1940's Broadband".
Are you living in Beaumont? If so, how long and what generation would you be in?
we are in our early seventies and retired to SWVA. Some of my posted pics are taken from our home called, "Eagle Wing" which is along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fancy Gap, VA.
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Photo taken in Downtown, Beaumont, TX 77701, USA
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