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  1. ^^^ the interior designs are absolutely spectacular. definitely harbors the feel/poshness/plushiness/swankiness of a mansion. i'm inclined to agree with the article...
  2. 'A tower of mansions' comes to Houston's Tanglewood area in new $300 million high rise For nearly 70 years, the Farrington/Miller family has handled its development and property management business from an unassuming brick building with a prime address – 1661 Tanglewood. Next spring, those offices will be demolished to make way for construction on what will be the city’s newest luxury condo high-rise, a $300 million building aptly named 1661 Tanglewood. Kendall Miller, the youngest of the four children of Mary Catherine Miller, a fifth-generation Texan whose father, William Farrington, developed Tanglewood in the late 1940s and early 1950s, said that he and his siblings, Bill, Michelle and Jim Miller, are working together on a project that will launch a new chapter – business-wise, anyway – for the family. “We started working on it seriously in the summer of 2020 – it was time to refocus the company and make a big transition,” Kendall Miller said of their decision after disposing of some family properties following their mother’s death in 2018. “This is much more in the spirit of the founding of the family business, developing, creating and selling rather than just managing assets. We’re so proud of this. We feel like it might be a crowning achievement, something to send along with the next generation.” Though few homes or businesses actually have a Tanglewood Boulevard address, that street has long been the most desirable to live directly off of, Miller said. “We’re leading with the address because we’re proud of it, and because we believe it’s one of the great boulevards in the city, a wonderful promenade. It bridges the suburban feel of Tanglewood and the urban feel of Post Oak,” Miller continued. While William Farrington launched Tanglewood before Miller was born, he and his siblings have strong memories of growing up in the neighborhood. In fact, after Farrington died, Mary Catherine Miller moved into his house with her family. After she died, Kendall Miller – who has worked for the family business, Tanglewood Corp., for 30 years – moved in. “There were tall pine trees and football games in the yard. I would ride my bike to the office to steal a Dr. Pepper on the way to a friend’s house. Sometimes I’d get sent to buy Frito’s for dad – that was a fun errand to get sent on. I was always dropping by,” Kendall Miller said. Condo listings for 1661 Tanglewood will go online Tuesday with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. The building’s new sales center at 1880 Uptown Park opens Oct. 3 by appointment only, and its exterior façade mimics the future building’s aesthetic. The 1661 Tanglewood project will be an elegant, 33-story condo tower with 59 residences on the 1.3-acre parcel at the corner of Tanglewood and San Felipe. Its residences will range from 2,800 square feet to around 12,500 square feet – with most around 5,650 square feet – making it feel less like a stack of downsizing condos and more like a tower of mansions. Designed by Houston-based Jackson & Ryan Architects with interiors by J. Randall Powers Interior Decoration, the building is meant to evoke the classical forms, symmetry and strict proportion of Palladian architecture, Mary Catherine Miller’s favored style. Tellepsen Construction will be the general contractor and the building is expected to be finished 33 months after work begins. Jackson & Ryan projects are well known around Houston and elsewhere in Texas. The firm designed the Children’s Museum of Houston, San Antonio Museum of Art, Rice University’s Brockman Hall, Strake Jesuit’s STEM building and Episcopal High School’s Academic Building. They also designed the South Shore District in Austin and animal shelters in Houston, Galveston and San Antonio. With an exterior façade of brick and limestone, the slender building with Neoclassical details will appear to have a crown on top, with tapered columns surrounding walls of glass. Inside the walls of that top floor will be a 75-foot pool and spa with immediate views of Uptown, extending to downtown. Powers decorated the sales center with the same finishes he insists on in his residential projects all over the country. Its walls are covered in luxurious fabrics and the bathrooms and kitchen are covered in gorgeous stone and filled with Waterworks plumbing fixtures and hardware. MORE FROM DIANE COWEN: Architect Michael Hsu returns to Houston with thoughtful modern style While high-rises in Houston generally have residences on the smaller side, 1661 Tanglewood's larger units are meant to appeal to people who still want sizable homes, but without the hassle of maintenance such as pool cleaning and lawn care. “I did a penthouse (in another high rise in Houston) for a couple moving from a house in River Oaks. I sat down with them and the wife said ‘I have 140 pairs of shoes and a grand piano and I’m not getting rid of any of it,’” Powers said. “There’s such an interesting dynamic about high-rise living. People love the idea of the security, being in a building where you’re protected … but they still want a dining room where they can seat 12 at any given time. A lot of high-rise condos don’t have room for a dining room that can seat 12.” In addition to designing the sales office, Powers will design public spaces in the tower and has had an influence on the floor plans of each residence. He’ll finish out four residences – furniture, kitchen ware, bedding and all – for buyers who want a move-in ready home. “I can fill it with Tiffany flatware, Baccarat glasses – I can even put two Mercedes Benzes in your garage if that’s what you want,” Powers quipped. “Think of someone from Central America or Dubai or someone who just got divorced (and is starting over). We can just make it happen.” For finishes throughout the building, Powers offers appliance packages of French La Cornue or Wolf, Viking and Sub-Zero brands, 9-inch French white oak flooring and Chesneys of London stone fireplace mantels. The beautiful kitchen in the sales center shows off gorgeous stone counters, solid walnut cabinets and a stainless steel La Cornue range, all finished out by Palmer Todd of San Antonio. The sales center – not usually a space completely filled with luxurious finishes – custom-made furniture, 18th century antiques, Stark carpets and three different bathrooms. For the tower’s lobby, Powers has chosen a variety of marble and onyx, limestone pilasters, Rose Tarlow furniture and custom-made Voisson Paris crystal chandeliers. “We’re showing people exactly what they’re going to get in the sales center,” said Powers, who also grew up in Tanglewood and has decorated many homes there. “You’ll see museum quality lighting, solid walnut cabinets – not veneers. You can see Waterworks products right there, not just look at them in a brochure.”
  3. ^^^ yes, and it looks as though he's really enjoying his meal... 😉
  4. usually ^^^ money... is the very foundation/core of the evil. especially, in regards to prospective medical institutions...
  5. ^^^ i absolutely CONCUR! the signage should definitely be in RED. i was thinking the very same day the other day when the illustration first appeared. what on earth... were they thinking here?
  6. ^^^ @Highrise Tower just wanted to send forth a HUGE THANK U for the outstanding TMC-3 illustrations and relative details. everyone is UBER aware of the daily stunning HEAT factor surrounding houston and overall texas this summer. therefore, it goes without stating that your commitment... as well as others @hindesky, @Nate99 and other faithful HAIF photographer contributions are much appreciated. you guys are really valued here...
  7. ^^^ i for one, find it absolutely amazing... that SKANSKA can just arrive out of nowhere, and show us all... just how a state-of-the-art garage design can venture forth into actual fruition. this looks like a very well designed/planned segment of this particular development in my view. simply smooth... elegant... and completely beautiful. well done SKANSKA!
  8. "1,000+ daily car trips" well, damn... this already sounds like progress to me...
  9. ^^^ i have REALLY been awaiting this awesome development to begin. IMO, this particular project is going to not only change this very quiet and somewhat stoic area, but add a very significant modern eclectic spark and rejuvenation to the overall MUSEUM DISTRICT. X MARKS THE SPOT!
  10. ^^^ actually, the edifice would have been "perfect" if it was fully completed. the SCI building is just not that significant IMO. however, it's getting there. nonetheless, THANK U @cityliving for the beautiful illustration...
  11. ^^^ first off, you are definitely in the "minority" here. second, i thought that i should venture back and borrow @hindesky concept illustration from his prior post for your re-reference. CAN YOU NOW REFERENCE THE OVERALL STUNNING SCOPE, SCALE, AND AMBITION IN THE ABOVE RENDERING? not to mention, a mammoth parking structure, can very easily constitute a mammoth variety of GROUND FLOOR RETAIL for future patrons in the prospective and hugely ambitious future neighborhood. please trust me, if all goes to plan, THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD THING...
  12. ^^^ i am really excited about this prospective X-HOUSTON development. when all is hereby said and done, this is going to become one of the coolest developments in houston. not to mention, the burgeoning neighborhood that it shall reside in is going to prosper as well. H-TOWN is definitely on the verge...
  13. ^^^ i was wondering just who was going to venture-in and compete with ASPIRE POST OAK... oh, well, now we know...
  14. ^^^ i simply LOVE the idea that they are constructing such a mammoth parking structure here. with the amount of PURE AMBITION that this ION development has in store, they are certainly going to need it...
  15. ^^^ "ambition" seems to know no bounds in this projected ION DISTRICT. wow...
  16. ^^^ my goodness! this development is actually coming to LIFE. what a MAGNIFICENT place this is going to become. heck, in the second illustration, is that an actual SMILE starting to come across the face of the very stoic BLOSSOM HOTEL? (geeeez, it seems that the BLOSSOM is actually starting to breathe for a change) this particular development just reeks of possibilities. houston is finally on the verge...
  17. ^^^ actually, we are all "scratching our heads" wondering just when are they going to break ground... and start constructing the long awaited... RIVER OAKS DISTRICT HOTEL. heck, if this was dallas or austin, the hotel would not just be completely constructed, it would be a monumental significant brand catering to the most elite patrons. at times, houston seems to be just too damn lethargic, bureaucratic, and complacent. sure, enough, we have ALL faced some very difficult past couple of years per se. however, ROD is a very beautiful and significant development that should be moving forward... not surrendering. JUST CONSTRUCT THE DAMN HOTEL ALREADY...
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