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  1. Well no wonder. Thanks for the clarification. The feds probably only approved the listing since it was a historically government owned building. Regardless what the commission/feds think on its “historic-ness”, I have to disagree on this one. Maybe I can see the listing for the administration building only, even as butt ugly as it is (really? facade modifications aren’t allowed?!), but not for the surrounding distribution warehouse portion. That’s purely ridiculous if so. Guess this means I am not as pro-preservation of “historic” buildings as I thought I was. Lol. Oh well.
  2. While this building hasn’t been recladded, its exterior style is reminiscent of the architecturally beautiful buildings that were “modernized” with recladding of ugly sheet metal in the 50’s/60’s. Regardless of its supposed concrete structural integrity, I don’t think its facade is architecturally or historically significant. It’s mind boggling that the city sees some kind of historical significance in this plainly put, beige warehouse and not in the many historically beautiful buildings that have since been torn down and still are to this day. Very backward priorities.
  3. That has got to be the most bland and basic rendering I have seen for a redevelopment. The font on the rendering signage doesn’t even match Westin’s official logo. It also desperately needs some kind of added visual interest on the the very blank, very tall east and west walls of the tower portion. The street level however is about the only good looking component of this redevelopment.
  4. So I wonder if the Hard Rock Cafe downtown at Bayou Place will stay put or move to this thing when/if completed?
  5. Harrisburg and Eastwood. You can see the newly built Baker Ripley building on the first picture to the far left.
  6. The front corner and balconies in the rendering look alright but the many repetitive cut out windows just really kills it for me. It immediately reminded me of the same cut out windows on The Hampton/Homewood Suites Hotel downtown. Also, the modern yet bland minimalist look doesn’t really mesh well with the surrounding “historic” neighborhood. I feel since this current design trend took hold, we have become very closed minded to all other styles. The modern trend just doesn’t translate well in every location, this to me being an example. The height is okay considering there are other tall buildings nearby.
  7. I can’t see this hotel brand lasting at this spot for long. It’s at a very weird location. “Walking distance to Sams Club and Walmart”? Lol. Only in Houston. My bet, it gets rebranded to a mainstream hotel tag if built.
  8. Because Houston never got one and still doesn’t.
  9. Maybe a new sign is coming? The old, original sign was placed on top in 2016, some time before the August 2017 logo and name shortening to BHP.
  10. Not to totally derail this topic but I really dislike the many “address only” titled topics. They are completely useless and rarely read on my part. Names of businesses and/or developments need to be included in the title if there is to also be an address.
  11. Solely basing on these three renderings, it is not groundbreaking like the original design was. Definitely has lost its edge. And personally, other than that awesome Houston freeway map on the ceiling, I dislike it.
  12. Large, yes. Transformative and forward thinking, I think not. Developments like The Woodlands or Kingwood only furthered sprawl, they are the antithesis of the “forward thinking” projects I believe Arche_757 was referring too.
  13. It’s an ugly and cheaply made looking development. Will likely be falling apart as fast as it becomes outdated.
  14. This is a totally unfair statement when the East End is and has been taking in the brunt of this type housing. Where are these type of developments in the Heights, Midtown, Oak Forest, or Montrose?? Are their residents too pretentious, classist and elitist to take their share of some of these new low income housing facilities? Affordable housing is a responsibility ALL sides of town should be sharing in. I am all for low income/affordable housing but not when they are incessantly being concentrated in one small area. Sorry but that’s just not fair and at this point I can no longer blame EE or EaDo residents for protesting.
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