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Demolishing the Houston Club at 811 Rusk Street for Capitol Tower by Skanska

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The old HC building would have needed a ton of enthusiastically creative attention to turn it into something that wasn't tenant repellent; I suppose that didn't show up in time. The tunnel connectivity/location of the property probably ultimately doomed the old structure since a shiny new tower with those attributes will eventually be a good investment, or at least that's what Skanska seems to think.  

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Potential leaseable office space prior to demolition, not exactly class a.....

 

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6 hours ago, tangledwoods said:

Potential leaseable office space prior to demolition, not exactly class a.....

 

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Cold war eastern Europe is so hot right now!

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We may have been hasty in giving cold war Eastern Europe a bad rap, if they have whataburger, it can't be all bad.

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23 hours ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Not sure how tearing down an existed structure and replacing it with another is infill when downtown has dozens of entirely empty parcels. 

 

The Houston Club wasn't great, but it was an example of mid 1900s architecture which we lack in this town. 

The building was falling apart from reports. How much of that is true idk, but if they were having serious issues then I can see where the building wasn't worth saving. 

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There was a modern pattern painted onto the southeast side walls today.

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Every building is falling apart if you don't take care of it. 

 

My house was a 1920s English that hadn't been lived in in over 8 years. It had Hurricane Ike damage which included a massive hole in the roof that exposed the first floor to the sun. However, the foundation was solid and I rebuilt the old beauty putting a modern house inside of the old structure. 

 

The Houston Club would have never worked as an office tower, but if someone with vision had gotten a hold of it, it could have made a really nice apartment tower or even a cool hotel. The windows alone were worth it (they were operable originally). 

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I understand the "new and upgraded easier to sell" mantra but I don't get " the building was falling apart" mantra.

 

Buildings are falling apart all over the world,  but people do remodel buildings in far worse shape.  

 

That building can't have been in worse shape than the Days in or even Central Square or the federal building.  The federal building was leaking water for years.  The other two were taken over by homeless and plagued worth filth and fire.

 

I hate the falling apart excuse.  Just say what it is. The owner wanted commercial and what sells right now for commercial is easier to accomplish with new construction.   

 

 

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"Look, it's falling apart!!!"

 

*swings sledge hammer at wall

 

"See!!!"

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24 minutes ago, samagon said:

"Look, it's falling apart!!!"

 

*swings sledge hammer at wall

 

"See!!!"

 

I'd challenge anyone to swing a sledge hammer full strength at one of those concrete columns. I would even throw in the Excedrin.

 

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I used to have meetings there back in the day and it was always nice, but a little dusty and dated.  I always thought the Houston Club had a great design - very urban.  Along with the Gulf Building that block on Travis was one of my favorites in Houston.  

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Amazing artists. P.O.S. canvas. 

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If the tower goes forward, they should keep the mural visible with clear glass in the curtain wall on that corner. That would be kind of neat.

 

If it was always assumed to be temporary, they could refresh it with new art every now and again.

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So was this part of the developers plan, or just the City saying "er, the Super Bowl is coming, can you make that less ugly?"

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Too bad the Super Bowl doesn't coincide with Halloween. We could cut three holes in a massive sheet, cover it,  and call it a ghost. 

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