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  1. They changed the first floor windows to triple pane. I assume they are doing the same to the other floors.
  2. I drove by this morning. It was completely down by 8:30.
  3. I tried to walk through this new plaza last weekend on my way to AMC. Security quickly told me to leave and that the plaza was closed to the public. It was bizarre. There are no fences and they had music playing.
  4. There were two Brazos hotels. https://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/2012/01/a-gathering-at-the-hotel-brazos/ "The hotel was razed in the early 1930s to make way for the Southern Pacific Station, which itself was torn down in the 1960s to make way for the post office. Another Hotel Brazos was built on Preston behind what’s now the Lyric Centre, but it wasn’t as successful."
  5. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Jones-Plaza-to-be-redesigned-as-a-game-12861824.php#photo-15447205 This article has some pictures of the original park in 1967. Not much to speak of. It was redesigned in 2001.
  6. Big wish, but the lights on the bridges need a lot of work again. I had some friends visiting from Dallas. They thought the bridges were cool, but the lights were half burnt out, strobing, and out of sync. They should probably just turn them off again.
  7. I used to work for Brookfield. Almost all design was done out of NY and they were notorious for shoehorning the "Brookfield look" into any building. It created so many inconsistent designs. That being said, other than the white stripe, I don’t think this looks too bad and is generally more welcoming.
  8. http://www.houstontimeportal.net/ Stumbled across this neat website. Interesting history and then and now shots.
  9. It really is amazing. I moved downtown in September 2017 and this project was underway. You can see date stamps on the concrete, 2018, 2019, 2021.
  10. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/See-what-Houston-s-Super-Bowl-party-central-10903581.php#photo-12298487 I was looking through these photos the other day and it looks like the One Park Place block was an old park. Was this a private park? I assume if it was public it would have been included with Discovery Green. Also, you can see the Medical Arts Building in one photo. What a loss.
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    Bayou Place

    I drove past Bayou Place last night, it looks like The Blue Fish might be closed permanently. Not sure about the status of Napoli. Assuming AMC survives and Revention rebounds, maybe there is hope for this place. I think a dream scenario would be to tear it all down and connect Jones Plaza, Tranquility Park, and Buffalo Bayou with park space. Expensive wishful thinking.
  12. $1260 is "Market/Asking Rate" like MSRP. They are offering 1 month free which brings in down to $1,155 effective. I would be surprised if they don't get more aggressive. Downtown apartments regularly have 1-3 months free, look and lease bonuses, referral bonuses, etc. 2 months free would bring these down to $1,050.
  13. http://swamplot.com/big-block-on-the-corner-of-westheimer-and-montrose-goes-up-for-sale/2012-03-08/ Swamplot has some old pictures of the Tower Shopping Center.
  14. I stayed here in 2015. I did have to book 8-10 months in advance. I remember the whole place being very tired. The rooms were rough. I was willing to accept a dated room, but the mattress and bedding were easily 15 years old and very uncomfortable. The restaurant was a highlight for what it was - great views, some decent dishes, good service, and nice patio with local beer. It was great to stay in the park.
  15. Sorry for the delay. Here are some pics from One Park Place on 9/27.
  16. You beat me! I took a similar pic yesterday evening. It looks like the surrounding walls might be part of the neighboring buildings?
  17. Did anyone ever figure out what they are doing to the facade? It appears they are reinforcing the granite panels. You can see the holes and plugs on most of the tower. It affects the appearance up close and when light reflects off the tower.
  18. It is under contract now. A 3,500 sf addition seems excessive. It must have been in worse condition than they expected. It looks like they had to take it to the studs in and out.
  19. https://www.har.com/homedetail/1117-saint-agnes-st-a-houston-tx-77030/8668808?lid=3768699 The entire complex is up for sale.
  20. I am sure the Astros are focused on revenue generating improvements, but the park has needed a paint job for years and several of the windows in Union Station are rotting. I wonder if they have any plans for general maintenance. I would hate to see a historic structure fall into disrepair. Does the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority require any minimum repairs from the Astros? I took other similar pictures, but they were too large to load.
  21. This website is helpful. www.bricknames.com It is proabbly Cofyvle, short for Coffeyville. COFFEYVILLE BIT. BRICK & TILE CO., COFFEYVILLE, KS.
  22. I am surprised by that too. The devastation was so bad in Galveston, you don't hear about the other communities affected. I grew up in Rosenberg and always heard how Richmond and Rosenberg were completely leveled by the storm. It was a category 4 storm that went right over those cities. Houston would have been on the dirty side of the storm. The historical marker references the storm. https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMVD60_St_Josephs_Catholic_Church
  23. I went for a walk last night and stumbled across St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 1505 Kane St. The priest was locking up, but generously invited me in for a tour. Very interesting history. This is the second oldest Catholic Church in Houston. The current building was completed in 1901 after the original was destroyed in the 1900 hurricane. There is some very beautiful brick work and stained glass. Father Victor explained the church had a major fire in 1995. I was only able to find one article about the fire. He mentioned the bell tower collapsed in the fire and the new metal bell tower next to the church was built as a replacement. Does anyone have any pictures of the church before the fire? https://www.houstonpress.com/news/restoration-man-6570958 I wish I would have taken pictures, but there is also this very interesting cactus sculpture/water fountain on Trinity St. Seems like something for Atlas Obscura.
  24. Well, we have a parking lot. It seems like a fairly simple base and thin asphalt layer. They already striped the lot this morning. Hopefully it is a temporary lot.
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