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Went to Houston Baptist University today to visit the Lee and Grant exhibit.



To be honest, I was not aware that this campus even existed until I looked up where the exhibit was located. I'm not from here originally.

They would not let me take any photos of the exhibit. Pissed me off because this was the reason why I took my camera. So, afterwards I walked around this small

campus and took some photos of the buildings. (the campus is located in the middle of the triangle created by the intersections of Beechnut, Fondren and I-59)

Here they are:






















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Years ago there was a report that HBU was going to build some kind of basketball arena on this property. But I don't know what is currently planned.


At this point it is not clear if only the front part of the shopping center is being demolished, or if they will continue to demolish everything.


The contractor, U.S. Builders, is mainly a construction firm so that suggests that something is going to be built and this is not just a tear-down.


Until recently the demolished building housed a Libreria Christiana. Once upon a time (1980s into 1990s), the main structure of this shopping center housed a Mervyn's. Recently there was a Fallas Paredes in the main building.


Photos taken today.











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With the help of Houston-based retail partner Property Commerce, HBU has since signed retail leases with Salata, FedEx, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Sprint, Jimmy John’s, Shipley’s Donuts, Firehouse Subs, LifeWay, and Minuti Coffee.


The Pillars at HBU includes a new entry road connecting the campus to Southwest Freeway, an iconic entry tower, retail, office space, a hotel, enhanced parking, and an arena and event center



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Houston Baptist University has demolished some dilapidated retail on the Southwest Freeway to develop The Pillars at HBU, a roughly 30,000-square-foot retail development that'll be complete in 2017. Three building permits approved by the city of Houston indicate the development will cost roughly $3.9 million, but the actual cost could increase, Sandra Mooney, vice president of finance at HBU, told the Houston Business Journal. The retail development will be built on a 30-acre tract of university-owned land that stretches from 7406 Fondren Road to 7731 Southwest Freeway.


Phase one of the retail development broke ground in February, and will include two 10,000-square-foot buildings, said Patrick Shelby, the project manager at US Builders. One building has signed Salata, FedEx and Chipotle as tenants. The second building will include a Jimmy John's restaurant. Phase one will wrap up in June.


Phase two, which contains one 11,000-square-foot building, will deliver in January. Tenant information wasn't available.

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18 hours ago, Paco Jones said:


HBU Morris Family Center for Law and Liberty to be located off Hinton Dr. at the parking lot next the University Academic Center.


This is beautiful. I think this is exactly what HBU needs - an iconic and timeless statement piece. Certainly collegiate in appearance!

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On 5/5/2020 at 11:28 AM, Avossos said:


This is beautiful. I think this is exactly what HBU needs - an iconic and timeless statement piece. Certainly collegiate in appearance!

Absolutely, unlike this other "statement" piece that HBU built. Did the architects even build a model, the topper is way too small for the base. Probably looked good in plan!


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Same as this monstrosity in Sugar Land. I doubt it even looked good in plan!



And while we're at it, look at this cap. We really need to teach humanities in architecture school. This dome is too perfect but I guess it looked good in elevation drawings!



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Houston Baptist University changes name to Houston Christian University.



"Houston Baptist University has changed its name to Houston Christian University as it launches a campaign to more than double its student enrollment."


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