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This is excellent news. I just checked out their website (Pearl Real Estate) and their only "urban" conversion right now is the Embassy Suites in Ft Worth. Since Embassy Suites is building new, I wonder who the brand might be? They are opening a new build Westin in Austin in 2012 so maybe it will be a Westin????

I used to work in the 806 Main Bldg from 1993 to 1996. It was a strange old place but it did have tunnel access and adjacent parking. Main St was very different back then and the street level walk to the courthouses from there was always an adventure, especially in the summer when the smell of piss on the old Rice Hotel was the worst.

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This is excellent news. I just checked out their website (Pearl Real Estate) and their only "urban" conversion right now is the Embassy Suites in Ft Worth. Since Embassy Suites is building new, I wonder who the brand might be? They are opening a new build Westin in Austin in 2012 so maybe it will be a Westin????

I used to work in the 806 Main Bldg from 1993 to 1996. It was a strange old place but it did have tunnel access and adjacent parking. Main St was very different back then and the street level walk to the courthouses from there was always an adventure, especially in the summer when the smell of piss on the old Rice Hotel was the worst.

This is excellent news. I just checked out their website (Pearl Real Estate) and their only "urban" conversion right now is the Embassy Suites in Ft Worth. Since Embassy Suites is building new, I wonder who the brand might be? They are opening a new build Westin in Austin in 2012 so maybe it will be a Westin????

I used to work in the 806 Main Bldg from 1993 to 1996. It was a strange old place but it did have tunnel access and adjacent parking. Main St was very different back then and the street level walk to the courthouses from there was always an adventure, especially in the summer when the smell of piss on the old Rice Hotel was the worst.

http://www.kimptonhotels.com/hotels/hotel-palomars.aspx

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A 100-year-old office building recognized as the city’s first downtown skyscraper has been acquired by a developer for conversion into a hotel.

I actually did but wasn't sure if they meant the transaction was closing on Feb. 15th when I initially read the article. I was under the impression that the bldg. was already "closed" un-operational for years excepting a small sandwich shop at street level connected to the tunnel system.
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Nope, all of 806 was up and running. The article stated that the bldg was only 45% occupied though. Most tenants had moved out by the end of 2009 with the last two set to vacate on Feb. 15th.

I am assuming they're out. Hopefully work will begun more quicky than the Omni! What is up with that project (turning the old Sheraton Lincoln into an Omni)?

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To clarify, what the story says is that Omni is no longer involved, so an Omni hotel is not happening, but it is completely unclear what the other partner (and owner of the property, Songy Partners) plans, if anything.

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It was done in the name of modernization. Several downtown buildings were re-cladded at about the same time.

so sad. i am normally more lenient on things like this, but the before and after are just so so sad. in the name of modernization, i wish they just would have the left the old one as is and built their modification, brand new.

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This is good news. The Carter Building is one of my favorites; I originally discovered HAIF while searching for information on it for my history. An early broadcasting enterprise, the Clifford W. Vick Radio Construction Co., had offices at 1801 and a license for station WSAV. The antenna on top, however, was not for a broadcast station. It was originally installed by a wireless telegraphy company as early as 1911 and later used by the Houston Radio Club (ham operators in today's terms).

Perhaps the new owners could also revive the rooftop garden and cabaret that supposedly was a popular downtown entertainment venue in the 1910s.

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Here's a shot of the cladding removed from a strip of the facade. It looked to me like it must have been held on by a thick black adhesive (tar, maybe) that pretty well entirely covered the brick underneath.

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Thanks for the photo. I've seen that one exposed strip there for quite some time, did you see any construction workers at the site? Hopefully they are moving forward now.

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Thanks for the photo. I've seen that one exposed strip there for quite some time, did you see any construction workers at the site? Hopefully they are moving forward now.

I didn't see anyone working on the exterior, but I didn't look to closely for signs of anyone coming in/out of the lobby. I was across the street when I walked by.

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I was in Fort Worth on business for several days last month, and stayed at the downtown Embassy Suites owned by Pearl Real Estate. My business partner had a chance to talk to the general manager, who said that Pearl is currently in negotiations with Marriott for a franchise on the 806 Main property (he did not say which iteration of the Marriott chain it would be).

Based on my experience at their Embassy Suites, it would be a boon to downtown Houston to have a Pearl-managed hotel here. The level of service was outstanding. Every single staff member, from the managers to the maids, were super-cordial and responsive. More often than not, when we would leave for the day or come back in the evening, we were greeted by name by a staff member manning the lobby. It was the type of service one would expect at a Four Seasons, or a high-priced boutique hotel.

As for the hotel itself, it was very comfortable and well thought out, especially for business travelers. Like 806 Main, it's a renovation of an older building on one-half a city block in the middle of downtown F.W., so it differs from the "suburban" style of all the other Embassy Suites where I have stayed. . .no large glassed-in central atrium, for example. Instead, the breakfast/reception area, fitness center, business center, and conference center were located upstairs in their own dedicated wing -- away from the guest rooms, but still convenient to them. And even though it's a an older building, it didn't have the drawbacks one might associate with a "historic" hotel: the plumbing worked great, plenty of electrical outlets, excellent internet connectivity, no drafty windows.

I really hope the Pearl folks can pull it off. From my experience, they know what they're doing when it comes to developing and running hotels. It would be great to see what they could do with 806 Main.

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I was in Fort Worth on business for several days last month, and stayed at the downtown Embassy Suites owned by Pearl Real Estate. My business partner had a chance to talk to the general manager, who said that Pearl is currently in negotiations with Marriott for a franchise on the 806 Main property (he did not say which iteration of the Marriott chain it would be).

Based on my experience at their Embassy Suites, it would be a boon to downtown Houston to have a Pearl-managed hotel here. The level of service was outstanding. Every single staff member, from the managers to the maids, were super-cordial and responsive. More often than not, when we would leave for the day or come back in the evening, we were greeted by name by a staff member manning the lobby. It was the type of service one would expect at a Four Seasons, or a high-priced boutique hotel.

As for the hotel itself, it was very comfortable and well thought out, especially for business travelers. Like 806 Main, it's a renovation of an older building on one-half a city block in the middle of downtown F.W., so it differs from the "suburban" style of all the other Embassy Suites where I have stayed. . .no large glassed-in central atrium, for example. Instead, the breakfast/reception area, fitness center, business center, and conference center were located upstairs in their own dedicated wing -- away from the guest rooms, but still convenient to them. And even though it's a an older building, it didn't have the drawbacks one might associate with a "historic" hotel: the plumbing worked great, plenty of electrical outlets, excellent internet connectivity, no drafty windows.

I really hope the Pearl folks can pull it off. From my experience, they know what they're doing when it comes to developing and running hotels. It would be great to see what they could do with 806 Main.

Very interesting and good news. I'm very curious as to what Marriott badge they might be considering. We already have Embassy Suites, Courtyard and Residence Inn downtown. Seems highly unlikely we would get a second of any of those. The property is likely too small for a Marriott, JW Marriott, or Marriott Marquis. That leaves Ritz Carlton, Renaissance, Fairfield, Springhill and TownePlace, and, more intriguing, the Autograph Collection and EDITION badges. Several exciting possibilities.

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I pass this building daily and haven't seen anything going on. They removed 1 small strip, then stopped. It looks to be in such bad shape - I would be shocked if it were turned into a hotel. I wish that were the case, because it was once a beautiful building, but it looks baaaaad. Also, there is a small narrow old building next to it. It's closed off to the public, and when you walk in front of the old doors, the smell would knock you over. Anyone know what that once was?

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I pass this building daily and haven't seen anything going on. They removed 1 small strip, then stopped. It looks to be in such bad shape - I would be shocked if it were turned into a hotel. I wish that were the case, because it was once a beautiful building, but it looks baaaaad. Also, there is a small narrow old building next to it. It's closed off to the public, and when you walk in front of the old doors, the smell would knock you over. Anyone know what that once was?

Department store, I think (Battlestein's, maybe?) and then offices.

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