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Geodesic Building on the corner of Melrose and Laurent

Driving down Laurent Street daily, I often wondered what the unique building with the turtle shell roof, used to be! You know the one, the one by Dairy Treet and Northside Baptist Church!

Photo Ingra Lee
Photo Ingra Lee
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Because I have driven by it hundreds of times, it's become a repetitive story in my mind as I pretend it's a boutique, a classroom, a club, an art gallery...even my house.

That being said, it was time for me to discover exactly what the building had been in its hay day and what it's been housing now.

Photos by Ingra Lee
Photos by Ingra Lee
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My first stop? Drive up to the parking lot and take some pictures and a peek!

Turns out I haven't been too far off! The "turtle shell roof" is a "geodesic" roof and this fun building was once a bar, named appropriately, "The Thirsty Turtle Bar."

In fact, according to the lovely administrators at Northside Baptist Church, which currently owns the building, the building with a funny roof was indeed once a bar, a flower shop, a meat market, and for many years the home of a Crossroads community member. But wait, that's not all. It was also a second-hand shop and for a while, it was one of the Sunday School classrooms for Northside Baptist Church that shared the parking lot with the building until they bought it a few years ago.

This building has such a fun history and a fun roof! If you remember being inside of it when it was any of the things listed above, we'd love to hear what the inside looks like! If we missed anything, let us know in the Facebook comments or message us on your station app.

We want to learn more!

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At the moment it's being used for additional storage for the church, but you can tell the women at Northside Baptist Church have fun talking about what the building once was, almost as fun as it was for me to drive up and peek inside the windows!

Here is another fun building in Texas while we're at it...

Longneck Manor , Like No Other B&B In Texas