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At the behest of some readers, including Martha Seng, AIA-Houston President, the Houston Chronicle is considering FINALLY hiring a columnist to serve as architecture/design critic. It's been embarassing and unfortunate that the country's fourth largest city has been without such a voice in its most read and most influential newspaper. I'm told that the editors are considering the desire among its readers for such a column. If you believe that this city deserves/needs/ought to have this position created and filled, drop an email to the Chronicle. Write to James Campbell, the reader representative at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do it soon! Do it now!
I know we've touched on this before, but what's the deal with the Houston Chroincle HQ downtown? I think the scaffolding has been on the building for almost two years. Is this used to hold the building together?
http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2014/07/houston-chronicle-to-move-into-state-of-the-art-facility/ Executives anticipate an 18-month timeline for the move, which will include a significant renovation of the future space, the former Houston Post building at the 610 Loop/Southwest Freeway interchange. “We are excited about creating a state-of-the-art media facility as part of the Houston cityscape,” Paul Barbetta, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Houston Chronicle Media Group, said in a statement. “As we have changed with the industry, we feel a facility housing all employees across our diverse capabilities, including print, digital media and agency consulting services will allow us to better serve our readers and advertisers.” Plans call for transforming the 21-acre site, which contains more than 440,000 square feet of building space. The property housed the Houston Post until April 1995, when that newspaper closed and its assets were sold to the Hearst Corp., parent company of the Houston Chronicle. The Chronicle’s 10-story downtown building at 801 Texas houses 473 employees. A little more than 500 employees work in the southwest facility. “Our goal is not only to have the finest technology in place for our clients and employees, but to have a workplace that is recognized as a destination for the country’s top talent,” said Barbetta, who added that a portion of the newsroom will remain in downtown Houston to support local coverage of business and government.
I have a question. why does the Chronicle building hide behind that ugly ficade. They were (are) replacing the ficade or cleaning it. i would love to see how Mr. Jones built the chronicle above and around the old theatre, that is hiding behing that. I think it would look incredible along with all the other building that have fake ficades. The West building was one of those and the ficade was taken out, not the greatest building but looks better without it.