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Everything posted by Subdude

  1. Yes indeed. Really what I remember of it was that the portions were too large to eat. Before that the location was a jazz club called Birdwatchers, if anyone remembers that.
  2. A reminder might be in order here to refrain from name-calling and personal attacks and keep it on-topic.
  3. Before the Galleria area was Uptown, "Uptown" was the area around Main and Holcombe, which was a rapidly growing part of the city. There was kind of a line along Main St: Downtown, Midtown and then Uptown.
  4. I'm not even sure what "iconic" means. How does one assess iconistatisity? Is "iconic" famous, beloved, an archetype, or what? The problem is that "iconic" has been over-used to the point where it has very little meaning remaining. Ranting aside, I think 700 Louisiana and Pennzoil could be considered the two most "timeless" Houston buildings.
  5. Actually it wasn't, hence my post. People mention the president or politics all the time, and that's fine, but some posts had moved off the issue.
  6. Keep this about the architectural issues please. Everyone is free to express their political thoughts, in the Politics sub-forum.
  7. People can actually step outdoors for a few minutes and enjoy it without smoking.
  8. It is unfortunate they are removing the railings from the balconies. Usable balconies would have been a great amenity for workers there.
  9. The discussion about the justice aspects of freeway routing deserved its own thread, so moved to a new topic here: https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/45779-equity-aspects-of-freeway-routing/?tab=comments#comment-612150 Thanks
  10. Subdude

    Pennzoil Place

    The second photo has the only clear picture I've ever seen of the Western Union building that was incorporated into the Bank of America tower.
  11. No, not necessarily, but I think the Houston Center restorations could have been more sympathetic to the original architecture.
  12. I wish the same about the Houston Center renovations.
  13. To my point in the Houston Center renovation thread - more often than not, "modernization" is ultimately ill-advised. What were they thinking?
  14. Keep it on topic please. Political discussions are fine in the appropriate forum section.
  15. It's like Where's Waldo - The Skyscraper Edition. Just keep hiding BoSW tower in different locations.
  16. My concern is that misguided modernizations are almost always regretted in retrospect. A perfect example is the "modernization" of buildings on Main Street during the 1960s. Plenty of buildings had new "modern' facades slapped on them - in some cases mainly at street level, and in other instances (Lamar Hotel, West Building, 806 Main) entirely new facades. Without exception the results were horrendous. Just about every one of them has been demolished, whereas if they had kept the original character (Rice Hotel) I think the odds would have been better that they would have survived. The Houston Center redevelopment design strikes me as looking just as slapped-on, and I'd wager that sometime in the near future people will be saying "What were they thinking?".
  17. I hate to quibble, but quibble I must. Had the BoSW Tower been built, it would have been on the block directly behind One Shell, to the south of Two Shell. Otherwise, cool photoshops.
  18. I appreciate what they are trying to do. Four Houston Center has always been fortress-like from the street, in line with the original vision for the complex, so opening it up to the street makes sense. That said, the renovations are so unconnected in style with the original structure that they seem like they were just tacked on the facade. Instead of just trying to look generically modern, I would have made more of an effort to integrate with the building. At a minimum, matching the brick facing would have not made it look like so much of an afterthought.
  19. Agreed. I never had a problem with the existing look of the complex, so I was dubious of the value of trying to update it.
  20. Subdude

    Car Talk

    Put that head-to-head with the Cybertruck.
  21. So if estimated downtown damage from the Harvey flood was $100m, at an estimated cost of $131m it wouldn't take that many potential downtown floods for the North Canal to pay for itself. It is unfortunate the project has been kicked around for so many years.
  22. At one point this block was targeted for hotel. I guess there's more demand for parking. Changed topic title accordingly.
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