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  1. 708 / 712 Main Renovation - The Jones on Main

    Are there any historic pictures of this space? I went last night. They preserved the original terrazzo and the columns appear to have the original stone. There was also an original railing and air grate up in Swallow's Nest. Other than that, very few historic details left. I didn't pay attention to my meal price, but my friend did note her meal was $20 for a cheeseburger, onion rings, and a tea. A homeless man came in towards the end of our meal and asked if he could help clear our table. I imagine they have some sort of control for this. Additionally, the pizza place was still closed. Not sure what is going on there.
  2. It is probably parking for the Cambria Hotel going in across the street.
  3. 1014 Prairie St

    Does anyone have any history or information on 1014 Prairie St? I do not remember this building ever being occupied. One listing says that it has been renovated. It does have a new roof on it as far as I can tell from Google maps. I just noticed some old ironwork poking out from behind the plywood, which made me wonder what it looks like behind the wood. Also, a neat old "Dr. Henderson Dentist" sign on a second floor window. I assume it is authentic.
  4. Theater District Master Plan

    Has anyone seen any more information on Tranquility Park being renovated? In my opinion, it needs more help than Jones Plaza. I walked through this park and around City Hall over the weekend on my way to The Hobby Center. The sidewalks are narrow and in extremely bad shape. It seems like City Hall is used enough to justify improving this area. This website says the fountains have been closed since 2013. Maybe something will happen after the Bagby redo. Tranquillity Park Fountain - September 9, 2013 - Until Further Notice Due to mechanical repairs, the Tranquillity Park fountain basin has been drained and the tall "stacks" will not be operational for the duration of the project.
  5. I believe it was an On The Border.
  6. Converting 806 Main Into a JW Marriott Hotel Downtown

    I stayed at the JW Saturday, my impression was that the wall was to spruce the area up a bit for those people staying at the JW. The valet is right in front of the old Battelstein's and the building is dark and dicey looking at night. I imagine it will be covered with one of those banners that look like fake retail. BTW - the JW has a lot of work left. I stayed on floor 12, but wondered around a bit. Floors 2-5 had a lot of work left on them. Not sure how much is complete.
  7. The Kellum-Noble house in Sam Houston Pak is the oldest masonry Houston home in its orginal location. Built 1847.
  8. New Lights on Skyline

    Most if not all of the Christmas lights on the downtown buildings are permanent. They are just turned off after the holidays. I am not sure the exact specifications, but I have been on several downtown roofs and the bulbs look like a regular residential 60/100 watt medium base lamp bulb or globe bulb. I think most of them are now fluorescent or LED.
  9. Cabo's has closed.

    It appears Pepper Jack's closed. It was dark tonight with a now leasing sign on the building. I didn't get to read the sign on the window.
  10. Market Square (Return DT To Glory)

    Beware the scallop. It is not very good, raw, and tiny. Really not worth $10 or $2. I even told the waiter it was not very good, something I never do, he didn't seem to care.
  11. What are the odds these will all be built?

    I would say the Foley's/Hilcorp project is further along than people think. This has been a rumor for over a year and like Exxon/Chevron, they do not need to wait for pre-leasing. The tenants have been moved out of the Americana Building and of course, out of Foley's. I think we will see the plans by the end of the year and construction in 2014.
  12. Bethel Church Park Being Built in Houston's Fourth Ward

    Any update here? Thank you.
  13. Ben Milam Hotel Construction/Demolition/Rehab

    Does anyone have any pictures of the site now? I was down there for the demo, but I ran from the dust and haven't had a chance to see what was left.
  14. Hard Rock Cafe

    I went to the Hard Rock Cafe last night downtown. I hadn't been in 7-8 years. While the food is about what I would expect, I thought the building was really lame, especially compared to other cities. Then I began to think about the old Kirby location. I couldn't find a single picture of the old building. All I found was the Chronicle article below and an aerial showing the building from above in 2004. Anyone have any exterior or interior shots of the place? The $2 million dollar building had to be better than what we have now and better than the standard Wells Fargo that took it's place. Houston was the 5th American city to get a Hard Rock and the chain's 9th location. It is amazing how early we got one considering we are not know for tourism.
  15. Five Allen Center

    The tower goes where they own the land.