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  1. I commend you for taking the time to protect the unwashed readership of HAIF from misinformation.
  2. I realize that article was from last October, but the rebar work and rebricking of the facade was only completed about a month or so ago. This additional work also had a major impact on their capital budget. I was simply responding to a question about why the guest house had not yet been relocated to make way for the completion of the visitor center/office/plaza complex north of the chapel. My apologies to mkultra25 for not citing him/her for referencing a Chronicle article six months ago. Jeez, this is why I rarely post on this site.
  3. Did you miss this part of the article?: “And when construction crews dismantled the chapel’s acoustical ceiling tiles this summer to prepare the building for a new skylight, they found the concrete support walls were built without steel reinforcement. This was a common building practice in 1970, and the chapel is grandfathered from current codes written with an eye toward 130 mile-per-hour hurricane gusts, said executive director David Leslie. But the chapel’s leadership took no chances. “This is a simple matter of stewardship,” Leslie said. “I don’t like to use double negatives, but we cannot not do it. … If a weather incident hit the walls at just the right angle, you could lose the chapel. A wall could collapse.” Lead architect Stephen Cassell of the New York firm Architecture Research Office said visitors were never in danger of being inside a toppling building, because the chapel would be closed during a major hurricane event. But he and ARO partner Adam Yarinsky were also mindful of protecting Rothko’s priceless paintings.”
  4. Unforeseen structural issues with the chapel have set them back from both a budget and time perspective: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/arts-theater/article/rothko-chapel-construction-update-14572005.php#photo-18521929
  5. This is the site plan for the completed campus (https://www.aro.net/rothko-chapel/). The plaza with reflecting pool and obelisk is meant to be a serene, meditative space just like the chapel itself. The idea is that visitors will enter from the east/west sidewalks into a sort of outdoor room that serves as a transition into the chapel space. I can't find it, but an earlier site plan showed the vegetative screen continuing on the other side of the west sidewalk up to the west side of the chapel. I believe that earlier site plan also included a labyrinth between the chapel and the meditative garden.
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    Chenevert at Prospect
  7. They are also attracted to the synergies associated with a top 10 university computer science program. https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/computer-science-rankings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Advanced_Computing_Center https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/texas/articles/a-brief-history-of-austins-technology-scene/
  8. Yes, I hope they use higher design/finish standards for their future project at Montrose/Westheimer. Or sell the property to someone else, like Hines or Hanover.
  9. Wow, that brings back memories of the early/mid 80’s (before the bust)!
  10. Great perspective from the north side. Does anyone know how many floors are left to construct?
  11. By my count, the residential tower portion is only about halfway built (another 17 floors?). This one is going to be a stunner when finished.
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    Ah, hence Tumbleweed_Tx’s reference to his friend’s temporary mural!
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    Not sure why they would paint over it. It was lovely.
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    Ah, the one with the bumblebees? That’s what is still depicted by Google Maps street view.
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    Where is this in GreenStreet? I recognized the pavers, but couldn’t find the specific location.
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    This one is easy! UH, corner of Cullen and Wheeler. It’s “Fiesta Jarabe” by Luis Jimenez.
  17. I know what you mean. I lived in the Fondren Southwest area in the 80’s and drove through this area on the way to downtown and other destinations and remember what it was like. At the time, Fondren Southwest was relatively upscale, with young professionals in all the apartments and townhomes. Then the bust of the mid 80’s hit, and the apartments emptied out and many homes and townhomes went into foreclosure. That area has never fully recovered from the bust. I wish I had photos of the area from that time as well.
  18. I’m not sure what their plans are for this building. They had surgical suites there until February, when they moved them to the new building.
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    Rice University, by the Brochstein Pavilion
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    Hotel Granduca
  21. That’s weird. They’ve been doing interior demo for a month or two. Perhaps this is a different phase of demo?
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    Hmmm, looks familiar, but I can’t place it. Anyone?
  23. This is the original St Luke’s hospital building. I know Texas Children’s Hospital purchased the medical office tower seen behind this building, but I don’t know if they purchased the hospital complex as well.
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