The 1951 Buick Building on Galveston was once an art deco dream with its bold logo of that GM division as well as a stylized tail fin, created in concrete, but it has not aged well. A vision of architect Ben Milam, its best days must surely be behind it.

“Over the past several decades the building has deteriorated through years of neglect,” the Rev. Aaron Sanders of the island’s Coastal Community Church told Our Faith. “It most recently was used as a salvage yard and the area experienced countless complaints from neighbors reporting drug trafficking, prostitution and other criminal activity. A former city marshal told me the building was the No. 1 source of code violations on the island at one time, and that the property also required extensive environmental remediation.”

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