Wagon Works Building in Houston

Photo of Wagon Works Building in Houston, Texas
Photograph Wayne Lorentz

Wagon Works Building
Formerly:Eller Wagon Works Building

101 Crawford Street, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002


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Nothing says history like a giant anachronism painted across the top of your building. Wagons are no longer manufactured here. But crafts are being practiced here: Photography, design, and painting. The building has been taken over by a number of artists for use as galleries with living spaces above. It's a great use for an old building, and hopefully will become more popular as the revitalization of the Astros Field area of downtown continues.

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    > 9 December, 2003 - According to a report on KTRK (channels 13 and 32), everyone has been ordered out of the Wagon Wheel Building because it is unsafe. In the late 1990's, the building was converted from an abandoned warehouse into artists lofts and apartments, and had a daycare for retarded adults. The TV report showed expired fire extinguishers, an elevator shaft that had been converted into a stairwell, and junk blocking hallways and fire exits. Additionally, the Houston Chronicle reports that the building may have structural problems. The Chronicle also says the building slipped through the cracks in the system, and was never granted a certificate of occupancy. The problem has since been corrected, and the building is open once again.
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