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708 / 712 Main Renovation - The Jones on Main

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cspwal    1752
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The design reintroduces retail space at the corner of Rusk and Main (former location of Sakowitz Brothers department store) and will reestablish views into and through the building. Dark tinted glass in black, thick frames and opaque glass in silver-toned frames will be removed and replaced with a consistent storefront system with clear class and bronze-toned frames. A boxed canopy over an entrance on Rusk will be removed and replaced with a light metal and glass canopy

 

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samagon    1958

very awesome, good thing this is the centerpiece of the retail district so close to Dallas street :)

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lockmat    1853
10 hours ago, cspwal said:

 

I'm pasting the rest of the summary and other sections for people who don't click on the link:

PROJECT SUMMARY:

The owner proposes to remove non-original windows, doors and storefront systems on the Main (east) and Rusk (south) elevations at the ground and second (mezzanine) levels. Currently several different storefront and window systems are installed at the ground and mezzanine levels. No original materials are proposed for removal. The design reintroduces retail space at the corner of Rusk and Main (former location of Sakowitz Brothers department store) and will reestablish views into and through the building. Dark tinted glass in black, thick frames and opaque glass in silver-toned frames will be removed and replaced with a consistent storefront system with clear class and bronze-toned frames. A boxed canopy over an entrance on Rusk will be removed and replaced with a light metal and glass canopy. The new ground level window and door design reference (but not replicate) historic storefront rhythm, proportions, glass clarity and frame coloring. At the mezzanine level, clear glass will be installed at the existing openings. This sensitive and compatible contemporary window solution allows for economy and flexibility for retail tenant build-outs, and may establish a new building standard for future work on bays or elevations not included in the current scope of work.

 

HISTORIC SUMMARY:

Located in the center of downtown Houston, the Gulf Building is a significant 1920s Gothic and art Deco skyscraper. Architect Alfred C. Finn designed the original 30- story building, which occupies a quarter of the block at the corner of Rusk and Main. The Gulf Building opened in 1929 with Gulf Oil, National Bank of Commerce, and Sakowitz Brothers as the primary tenants. After World War II two annexes, also designed by Finn, were added on Travis Street and Rusk Avenue. The annexes share the basic character and style of the original structure. In whole, the 712 Main building has an ‘L’ shaped footprint and occupies approximately three-quarters of the block. The adjacent building, 708 Main is commonly owned and connected at the interior to the Gulf Building at 712 Main. 708 Main, located at the corner of Main and Capitol, is not historically designated.

WORK AREA:

The proposed exterior work is confined to the ground and mezzanine levels of the building at the Main (west) and Rusk (south) elevations. Interior work is proposed at the north portion of the building fronting Main that connects to 708 Main. The Rusk and Main area is referred to as the “Retail and Currency Lounge” and the area connecting to 708 Main is referred to as the “Lobby and Portal”. At the exterior, bays M1 and M3 through R19 are proposed to be altered at the ground and mezzanine levels. Exterior work is described by bay location. Bays on each facade have been labeled with a letter and number; the first letter indicates the facing street and is followed by number, assigned clockwise from the start of the structure on the north side of Main (Figure 3).

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Nole23    1322

This corner is a prime location as it is across the street from the JW Marriott and at the intersection of two different rail lines. It also has me thinking about what other buildings downtown have ground floor spaces that can be converted to retail.

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On 4/5/2016 at 10:19 AM, Texasota said:

I thought HAIFers have discussed this but maybe not. Maybe I just knew about this from seeing the Transwestern flyer over and over again.

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I'm thrilled to see this and RdlR Architects working on this! Looks like a number of retail and like the proposed lounge, Currency Lounge.

Uploaded plans from the submitted materials to Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) above for The Jones on Main (712 Main St and 708 Main St):

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From Houston BizNow last month:
 

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712 Main Inks New Leases
 

While Houston office activity has all but shut down from low oil prices, Colvill Office Properties is bucking the trend (that’s some Rodeo humor for you) with two new leases. Connor Saxe and Marilyn Guion closed on 31k SF at 712 Main St for landlords Lionstone Investments and Midway Cos. The iconic former Gulf Building is set to welcome alternative investing firm Angelo, Gordon & Co (repped by NGKF’s Derek Meyers) to 11k SF. The other lease, worked by JLL’s Ed Prejean and Steve Burkett, is an expansion of Mosbacher Energy Co’s offices to 19k SF.

 

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20 minutes ago, Texasota said:

Wait, are they naming it after the smaller building next door? The Great Jones Building? That's... weird.

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Lionstone and Midway are naming it The Jones on Main after Jesse H. Jones because he commissioned the construction of the building.  

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Texasota    800

But Jesse Jones had a hand in an enormous amount of real estate. Soon every block downtown will be the Jones something-or-other...

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5 hours ago, Texasota said:

But Jesse Jones had a hand in an enormous amount of real estate. Soon every block downtown will be the Jones something-or-other...


That's true but I think the name change is good. The Jones on Main sounds more cosmopolitan than Gulf or J.P. Morgan Chase and fits with the new developments springing up in downtown's Business District, Historic District, Shopping District, Convention District, Ballpark District and all the other districts there.

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Houston Business Journal reported on The Jones on Main (708 Main St and 712 Main St). There wasn't much new in their article that we didn't know from the leasing brochure and HAHC application posted above:

 

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Two downtown towers to undergo renovations, rebranding

Two downtown towers with rich histories will soon undergo a facelift and rebranding.

708 Main and 712 Main, which is formerly known as the Gulf Oil Building, will be rebranded and joined as The Jones on Main by Houston-based Midway Cos. and Houston-based Lionstone Investments. The new name pays homage to Jesse H. Jones, who commissioned 712 Main in 1929.

Proposed renovations include connecting the two buildings at the ground level via a joint common space and adding classically inspired interior amenities throughout the space. Plans also call for a new restaurant, and space for retail with sidewalk patios along Main Street and Rusk Street. Renovations will kick off in June and should be complete in early 2017. Financial information wasn't made available.

...A common area dubbed Currency Lounge will be available to tenants and guests for meetings and social events. The common area will also feature some original fresco paintings detailing Texas history.

Colvill Office Properties will handle office leasing. The architect and general contractor were not immediately available.

Lionstone bought 712 Main from New York-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in 2013 for an undisclosed price. Midway and Lionstone are also working together downtown on Green Street, a redevelopment of the former Houston Pavilions.

Brinsden said the plan for the buildings has been in the works since December 2014, when Midway took over management of 708 Main and 712 Main. Midway and Lionstone spent most of 2015 working through redevelopment concepts for the properties. Information on the former property manager wasn't available.

 

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On 4/6/2016 at 3:16 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:

A domain for The Jones on Main was created last year (http://thejonesonmain.com) by Midway Companies. I had no idea this is one of their properties and projects (leasing package).


The website is up and running for The Jones on Main but not much is on there. There's also another leasing brochure (archived link) on the site with renderings.



 

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Introducing  The Jones on Main, a storied Houston workspace that marries classic  glamour with state-of-the-art style.
This dapper icon sets the bar high, with historic  character – like classic frescoes and intricate masonry – elevated
by contemporary  co-working space, hotel-inspired lounges and a restaurant-lined lobby. Highly  accessible and
high-energy,  The Jones on Main  is a stylishly appointed go-getter  with charisma that always shines through.
This is the place in Houston to meet,  mingle, and make modern history – everyone wants to keep up with  The Jones


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The Currency Lounge:
The debut amenity, the Currency Lounge is a dual-level social space showcasing Art Deco influences and contemporary hospitality-inspired design. While honoring its architectural past, the space Features modern communal tables and lounge seating with tech hook-ups, bold Feature walls, and lightboxes with all-new artwork. Outfitted with grand chandeliers, stunning marble tile, rich wood veneer, and patterned glass, the Currency Lounge is the go-to For casual lounging or upscale social occasions.

 

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Grand Staircase Area in The Currency Lounge. Located at Rusk Street Entrance. Completion early 2017.

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Currency Lounge Lobby Level

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Currency Lounge Mezzanine

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The New Lobby Connector 708 Main St and 712 Main St

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cspwal    1752

Will the currency lounge be semi-open to the public, i.e. could I go in there and chill for a few minutes before going home?  Or will it be more of a lobby to a big building where if you aren't supposed to be there big guys named Jeff will escort you out?

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H-Town Man    1837

Very exciting news all around. Although not sure how I feel about punching that hole to connect the lobbies. The lobby to 712 Main has such a delicious monastic feel, a rare space of dimness and mystery in the middle of a bright, glassy city.

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Montrose1100    2631

Did they really have to use a photo where a bulb is out?

 

This century has been a really nice growing period for the city. Not just in buildings or apartments but in the culture as well. I don't know if it's the influence of immigrants or people from other parts of the country? Or if the mood is finally changing to take on aesthetics and see it's real value. I know we've lost & continue to lose historic structures, but I'm hoping it's not a fad and this mindset will be here to stay.

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plumber2    180

There used to be a lounge and restaurant in the building called "The Inns of Court". It was on the top floor of what we used to call TCB, the addition on the northwest corner of the block. I was told it catered to lawyers and such folks that were common tenants in the building and also in the adjacent Houston Club Building. Once Texas Commerce Tower was built across the street and Gulf Oil vacated I think the clientele base drifted off.

There was also a small dentist's office on level 6. It was a single chair practice with pictures of his daughter (Jacqueline Smith) adorning the waiting room walls, reminding his loyal patients that he had a celebrity daughter.

 

 

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Urbannizer    29877

Luxury menswear store to open in downtown Houston building

 

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A men's luxury custom clothing store will be setting up shop soon in a historic renovation downtown.

 


 

Houston-based Established Bespoke signed a lease inside The Jones on Main, according to a statement from Midway Cos., the property's owner. The store is expected to open in early 2017 inside the historic property, which includes buildings located at 712 and 708 Main.

 

Inside the 664-square-foot store, Established Bespoke plans to sell classic menswear, custom suits, expert tailoring and ready-to-wear clothing.

 

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