1801 Main in Houston

Photo of 1801 Main in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of 1801 Main in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of 1801 Main in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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1801 Main

1801 Main, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002
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Another great example of how an old, sad looking building can become something new with just a little T.L.C. For years, 1801 existed as a dusty black block on the neglected southern end of downtown. It was routinely ignored by photographers and others trying to build images of the city as a vibrant, dynamic place to do business. Then in 2001 the building underwent a transformation. It wasn't anything big, but it was effective -- the black was given a reflective silver quality. The building's intrinsic grid form was used as an asset by tinting some of the reflective panels green to make it seem like a giant Rubic's Cube. Today, the building is a head-turner for the thousands of people who whiz past on Interstate 45 each day. It is the highlight of an area that is slowly being reborn through the addition of light rail, a new Metro headquarters building, and the new Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral. Even with these additions, 1801 will remain outstanding among its neighbors.

Quick Facts
    >1986 - The building is repossessed after its owners default on an $8,500,000.00 loan.
    >In late 2003 a decorative ring of green lights were added to the roofline.
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  This building was originally four stories. The other nine were added much later in its life. There's actually a 3 1/2 floor much like the one in Being John Malkovich which is a little larger than half height. Also, the ring of green lights has been changed to blue to reflect the bank's new color scheme.

John - Monday, April 17th, 2006 @ 11:51am  


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