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#1 Houston19514

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Posted Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 11:28 PM

HBJ has a story about the building at 806 Main being emptied in preparation for a gutting and conversion to a hotel.

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Posted Monday, February 8, 2010 at 12:47 AM

Wow, that's good news! The developer should tear off the grim 1960s cladding to expose the original facade. That would make it a downtown landmark.
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Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 4:39 PM

This is excellent news. I just checked out their website (Pearl Real Estate) and their only "urban" conversion right now is the Embassy Suites in Ft Worth. Since Embassy Suites is building new, I wonder who the brand might be? They are opening a new build Westin in Austin in 2012 so maybe it will be a Westin????

I used to work in the 806 Main Bldg from 1993 to 1996. It was a strange old place but it did have tunnel access and adjacent parking. Main St was very different back then and the street level walk to the courthouses from there was always an adventure, especially in the summer when the smell of piss on the old Rice Hotel was the worst.

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Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 5:11 PM

This is excellent news. I just checked out their website (Pearl Real Estate) and their only "urban" conversion right now is the Embassy Suites in Ft Worth. Since Embassy Suites is building new, I wonder who the brand might be? They are opening a new build Westin in Austin in 2012 so maybe it will be a Westin????

I used to work in the 806 Main Bldg from 1993 to 1996. It was a strange old place but it did have tunnel access and adjacent parking. Main St was very different back then and the street level walk to the courthouses from there was always an adventure, especially in the summer when the smell of piss on the old Rice Hotel was the worst.





This is excellent news. I just checked out their website (Pearl Real Estate) and their only "urban" conversion right now is the Embassy Suites in Ft Worth. Since Embassy Suites is building new, I wonder who the brand might be? They are opening a new build Westin in Austin in 2012 so maybe it will be a Westin????

I used to work in the 806 Main Bldg from 1993 to 1996. It was a strange old place but it did have tunnel access and adjacent parking. Main St was very different back then and the street level walk to the courthouses from there was always an adventure, especially in the summer when the smell of piss on the old Rice Hotel was the worst.




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Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Interesting... A Palomar would be a great fit and it makes me think Pearl Real Estate is going to bring the old State National Bank back to its glory days.

Kimpton Hotels would be a very nice add to Houston. Their 3 properties in the Boston area are top notch.

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Posted Friday, February 12, 2010 at 3:05 AM

A great brand would do well there! I'm just glad that someone is trying to do something with it.

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Posted Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Great news, I run across the Carter's Folly Bldg. quite a bit, when studying downtown Houston's architectural history.


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Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Status please...did they close on this bldg. thanks

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Posted Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 6:19 AM

Status please...did they close on this bldg. thanks

Click the link in the original post.

A 100-year-old office building recognized as the city’s first downtown skyscraper has been acquired by a developer for conversion into a hotel.

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Posted Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Click the link in the original post.
A 100-year-old office building recognized as the city’s first downtown skyscraper has been acquired by a developer for conversion into a hotel.

I actually did but wasn't sure if they meant the transaction was closing on Feb. 15th when I initially read the article. I was under the impression that the bldg. was already "closed" un-operational for years excepting a small sandwich shop at street level connected to the tunnel system.

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Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Nope, all of 806 was up and running. The article stated that the bldg was only 45% occupied though. Most tenants had moved out by the end of 2009 with the last two set to vacate on Feb. 15th.

I am assuming they're out. Hopefully work will begun more quicky than the Omni! What is up with that project (turning the old Sheraton Lincoln into an Omni)?

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Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 2:24 PM

806 has the Dominos, not the sandwich shop. The sandwich shop building is an active parking garage.

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Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I am assuming they're out. Hopefully work will begun more quicky than the Omni! What is up with that project (turning the old Sheraton Lincoln into an Omni)?


according to this story, it isn't happening...

http://blogs.houston...a_downtow_1.php

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Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 5:31 PM

806 has the Dominos, not the sandwich shop. The sandwich shop building is an active parking garage.


got it. Thanks !

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Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:17 PM

according to this story, it isn't happening...

http://blogs.houston...a_downtow_1.php


To clarify, what the story says is that Omni is no longer involved, so an Omni hotel is not happening, but it is completely unclear what the other partner (and owner of the property, Songy Partners) plans, if anything.

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Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM

SIAP. I see that on the Kimpton Hotels site, they note Houston as a target market.
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Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:49 AM

according to this story, it isn't happening...

http://blogs.houston...a_downtow_1.php


Hey - Houston Press just copied the Sheraton pictures I posted on another thread. You think they would at least give credit.
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Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

What, the framing, or they're actually the same photos?

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Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Are they the photos attributed to Paul Knight?

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Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Are they the photos attributed to Paul Knight?

No, earlier a link led to pictures I had posted here, but it's gone now.
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Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 9:45 AM

It is really interesting and sad to see the progression of this building.

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Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I really hope there was a good reason for putting on that "slip cover"

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Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 4:14 AM

It was done in the name of modernization. Several downtown buildings were re-cladded at about the same time.
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Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 9:45 AM

It was done in the name of modernization. Several downtown buildings were re-cladded at about the same time.


so sad. i am normally more lenient on things like this, but the before and after are just so so sad. in the name of modernization, i wish they just would have the left the old one as is and built their modification, brand new.
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Posted Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 3:36 PM

This is good news. The Carter Building is one of my favorites; I originally discovered HAIF while searching for information on it for my history. An early broadcasting enterprise, the Clifford W. Vick Radio Construction Co., had offices at 1801 and a license for station WSAV. The antenna on top, however, was not for a broadcast station. It was originally installed by a wireless telegraphy company as early as 1911 and later used by the Houston Radio Club (ham operators in today's terms).

Perhaps the new owners could also revive the rooftop garden and cabaret that supposedly was a popular downtown entertainment venue in the 1910s.

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Posted Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Any updates on this? Has construction started?
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Posted Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Any updates on this? Has construction started?

I walk past it every day and never see anything going on.

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Posted Friday, November 12, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I was on the train this morning on my way to work and noticed some scaffolding in front of this building - I'm wondering if anybody knows more info on whats going on.

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Posted Friday, November 12, 2010 at 9:54 AM

They are probably going to reclad it once again.

So fellow HoustonArchitecture board members, sit back and watch Atlanta and Dallas get all these cool projects while Houston sits stagnant! Welcome to Houston, the 4th largest joke of a city in America. The city with no efficient transit options (i.e. rail), no amusement park, 600 sq miles of ghetto, low density, car-centric, unplanned neighborhoods, lack of progress, and etc...

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Posted Friday, November 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I think they are tearing off the facade. Or at least redoing it.