The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

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The University of Houston's Digital Library has put together a collection of menus, programs and other material from the legendary Shamrock Hotel, which stood near where the Medical Center is today and was a little bit of Vegas in Space City.

The library worked with the school's Hospitality Industry Archives to put it together, and it's just now gone up, Michelle Reilly, the head of digital services for the UH Libraries, tells Hair Balls.

The entire exhibit is here, but let's look at some highlights.

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From the same brochure as the first picture, the Shamrock in all its `70s glory

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You couldn't buy any hard liquor at the bar, but an "ice and rainwater" set-up for your discreetly brown-bagged Scotch was only 40 cents. Schlitz or Bud for 55 cents, a Guinness for 75 cents and Sparkling Champale was available if your were feeling really romantic.

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The (semi-) stars come out at night for a big baseball dinner. We've heard of some of these guys!!


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Blarney
Blarney

I remember being a kid (about 11 or 12) and walking into the Shamrock just to look around at the lobby or check out their famous pool. If you were not a guest, it would be only minutes before someone confronted you, then tossed you out on your ass.

Michele Reilly
Michele Reilly

Thank you for featuring our digital collection of materials. I got a laugh out of your commentary.

Michele Reilly

Kagan213
Kagan213

Incredible, thanks for the perspective!

'stina
'stina

I still get mad about the Med Center's tearing down the Shamrock for a stupid ass parking lot.

I spent every single daylight moment of the summers of 1978-86 in the pool there.

Evan
Evan

When they tore down the old Penn Station in NYC, it led to the creation of a historical preservation committee. When they tore down the Shamrock Hotel, it led to a parking lot.

Densmore
Densmore

There was some telling info in Houston's novel about Dr. Hill and his society gal...Blood and Money, wasn't it called?

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