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Took the train into downtown last Saturday for beer fest and the last stop was Downtown Transit Center due to construction. As we  walked past the Savoy the trash shoot was loud as a lot of junk was going through it. and there was a dust cloud in the air from all the trash.

 

My friends were like wtf?, but I knew ,having read haif religously since i don't know when.

 

 

 

 

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Took the train into downtown last Saturday for beer fest and the last stop was Downtown Transit Center due to construction. As we  walked past the Savoy the trash shoot was loud as a lot of junk was going through it. and there was a dust cloud in the air from all the trash.

 

My friends were like wtf?, but I knew ,having read haif religously since i don't know when.

 

Did it look like this?

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Was driving down Travis this morning and noticed someone surveying the surface parking lot that takes up the other half of the Savoy's block. Anyone have an idea it's for? Why would they need to survey the whole block for renovations on the already existing building?

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Was driving down Travis this morning and noticed someone surveying the surface parking lot that takes up the other half of the Savoy's block. Anyone have an idea it's for? Why would they need to survey the whole block for renovations on the already existing building?

 

An expansion of the base/lobby area?

 

All I'd seen before was just regarding the current tower, but maybe there are plans to modernize the entry area that haven't been mentioned yet.

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Parking garage with amenities on top would be my guess. Full-service Holiday Inns usually have things like banquet rooms, meeting facilities, pools, and full service restaurants and there's very little room in the original building for those things.

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Yeah, I'm not sure *every* tower downtown needs to be solid glass.

 

I would very much agree.  Drastic remodeling to appear "modern" rarely seems to be a good idea in the long run.  Better to stick with the period charm.  In evidence I offer 806 Main, the Lamar Hotel, the West Building and others that were modernized in the 1960s.

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Doesn't look like too much is going on, besides new windows.

I think someone or an article the other day said all the work done so far was on the inside.

I need to find out what block this is. Seems a little strange that construction has started but no rendering has been made public.

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I think someone or an article the other day said all the work done so far was on the inside. I need to find out what block this is. Seems a little strange that construction has started but no rendering has been made public.

ha, i was just doing some searching on google earlier trying to find a rendering of this.

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It seems as if the guy also doesn't check HAIF much anymore, because he can find new information on projects (and use that info to dig up more) here and post it on his website. We need a Curbed Houston or HAIF blog.

Or you could be a real estate reporter like Houston19514 suggested the other day! I mean the last HBJ weekly article I got from was a cut and paste of GHP's 2014 regional job forecast presentation. I mean it's $100 a year and that's the best they can do! You could do a much better job Urbannizer. Swamplot seems to be the bottom of the barrel now just posting whatever will get the most knee jerk reactions, and Nancy never follows up on a project so they either die and no one knows about it or they are just miraculously done(unless it's Exxon then it's aerials for days). You're information is always a lot better, Urbannizer.

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Or you could be a real estate reporter like Houston19514 suggested the other day! I mean the last HBJ weekly article I got from was a cut and paste of GHP's 2014 regional job forecast presentation. I mean it's $100 a year and that's the best they can do! You could do a much better job Urbannizer. Swamplot seems to be the bottom of the barrel now just posting whatever will get the most knee jerk reactions, and Nancy never follows up on a project so they either die and no one knows about it or they are just miraculously done(unless it's Exxon then it's aerials for days). You're information is always a lot better, Urbannizer.

 

Agree. Urbannizer, you should either start a blog and sell advertising similar to Swamplot or become a reporter. If you started a blog, I would read it daily.

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I went to the Main Street TIRZ meeting this evening. Largely uneventful as they only have a budget of $9mm and have to make repair and small upgrades to the entire length of downtown Main Street (although the landscaping will look nice). In this photo of their South Downtown streetscape, there is a rendering of the renovated Holiday Inn. Not sure if the actual hotel rendering is from the actual owner:

 

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I went to the Main Street TIRZ meeting this evening. Largely uneventful as they only have a budget of $9mm and have to make repair and small upgrades to the entire length of downtown Main Street (although the landscaping will look nice). In this photo of their South Downtown streetscape, there is a rendering of the renovated Holiday Inn. Not sure if the actual hotel rendering is from the actual owner:

 

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Ah, I wanted to take a photo but wasn't sure if that'd be okay. I was the only one there tonight that wasn't a resident or works downtown. 

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Official or not, this is one ugly hotel, but from what I read on here it will be a cheap (perhaps even the cheapest) hotel option in downtown.  I like that type of honesty so alright.  But I wish they imploded it along with the building on the right (Days Inn). 

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I'm frequently among the preservationists on the board, but in this case I don't think the Savoy has any particular architectural value that would merit its preservation.  It's nice and all that they are re-using the existing building, but if they had chosen to demolish it wouldn't have been much of a loss.  I kind of like it better with the revised paint scheme.

 

 

 

 

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Careful, statements like that will have the preservationists on this board at your throat in no time.

 

Nah, as one of the "preservation twins," I can say it wouldn't be a big deal if either of these were imploded, and if it were the Days Inn, I'd help swing the wrecking ball myself.  The thing about us preservationists, we don't just want to preserve buildings because they're old, but mainly if they are historically significant or contribute to the architectural landscape, like the Astrodome (world's first domed stadium) or 806 Main (Houston's first skyscraper) or the recently demolished Prudential Building (landmark example of an early modern skyscraper / Houston's first highrise outside of downtown).

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The Days Inn is quite something. I doubt that it will even make visually interesting urban decay as it rots away. It's freaking huge too in a sea of mostly empty lots.

 

Maybe they'll eventually build tall buildings all around it and hide it from everyone.  

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