701 North San Jacinto
Formerly: Houston Terminal Warehouse and Cold Storage Facility
701 North San Jacinto, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002 United StatesPrint this page   •   Share this page

Located in the downtown warehouse district, appropriately enough, the building started life as a warehouse. Today it warehouses life. The former cold-storage building now serves as one of the Harris County Jails, giving new meaning to the slang phrase "Cooler" meaning "Prison." When the jail was designed in 1991 it had 4,144 permanent beds, 500 temporary beds, its own kitchen, laundry, and other facilities. As of 2001, the 650,000 square foot facility is the second-largest jail in the nation. Only the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail holds more people. After the cold storage facility was purchased by the county, construction had to wait for months while the building thawed out.

Quick Facts
  • Construction finish: 1920
  • Renovated: 1989-1991 at a cost of $84,000,000.00.
  • Type: Government Building
  • Stories: 9
Your Thoughts

There are three comments.

  i had a bad experience in jail i would not tell it because i think is discusting .for the guards that work there i have something to say God have mercy for these guys cause i don;t.

pretty ugly ah yeah i am agree pardon my english - Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 @ 6:09pm  

  I've visited people in jail and from their time there it has always been an unpleasent place to be. Not because it's jail, but because of the plice officers and guards. They treat the inmates like crap. No they're not there to make friends but they are human. The attitudes some of the workers there have is very uncalled for. In my opinion if you don't like your job, find a new one. And for the the government to be receiving so much money per inmate and this being the 2nd largest jail in the nation, why can't they have decent food served. Or better yet better sleeping arrangements. The cells are over crowded. They're continuosly adding people to the system, but not releasing any. You are taken to jail in this county for rediculous reasons. You can not live in Harris County and appear poor. The system loves these people.

Not a place to be or visit - Thursday, September 4th, 2008 @ 11:54am  

  It's an ugly place in there, I also was an inmate there in October of 07 and from my point of view its horrible and cold. oh yes it is really cold in the especialy there cold food it was nasty :(

Krystal De La Cruz - Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 @ 3:55pm