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http://downtownhouston.org/site_media/uploads/attachments/2014-01-06/140102_Current_Projects_11x17.pdf

 

This proposal has been on the development map for a while now, guess no one really noticed.

 

Anyway, the owner behind the plans recently asked the DRA to increase funding. I'm not sure if the building will be converted to residential or hotel use.

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Glad to finally see a morsel of information on this. Oh what I would give to have just one reporter in this town that might occasionally dig into public records, attend meetings, and, you know, report on development projects (beyond pulling press releases out of the email/off the fax machine. ) Urbanizer, you could be the person for the job.

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Anyone remember the first rave party in Houston was in the bank vault of this place? I think it was 1995 or maybe 1994; NEW WORLD (waaay before my time but some older friends told me about it in the early aughts).

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Anyone remember the first rave party in Houston was in the bank vault of this place? I think it was 1995 or maybe 1994; NEW WORLD (waaay before my time but some older friends told me about it in the early aughts).

 

I have been trying to figure out where I was ever since that night. I remember going into the vault. It was a crazy night. I think it must have been '95 or '96. I'm not really positive it was this building but I do remember going to a rave downtown in the mid 90s in a bank.  My memory of it was a more modern building than this. I remember a HUGE dance floor and escalators. I think people were smoking cigars in the bank vault.

 

Edit: I think this article mentions the one I went to. They claim 3200 people showed up.

 

http://www.houstonpress.com/1998-10-15/news/spun-from-the-underground/full/

 

 

Edit: I'm pretty sure that's it. I found some interior pictures of a bar that used to be there and it fits the layout I remember. It's much smaller than I thought though. Of course I had just moved from a small town to Houston 2 months earlier so everything seemed larger than life.

 

http://www.clubzone.com/c/63058/level-Houston

 

I had been trying to figure out where this was for years. Thanks.... :)

 

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Restorations didn't begin on the previously planned start date, TIRZ Authority recently asked the developer for a construction timeline. Here's a look at the approved improvements, click image for larger size.

 

 

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Love these old skinny buildings. This may not get a ton of attention, but it's these type of buildings that people love to have around (Market Square anyone) that make up a good walkable urban area. The northeast is full of these types and what makes them so interesting and pedestrian friendly. We should be very thankful to this company.

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Actually that scaffolding has been there for weeks.  Also, early last week I saw a hanging platform (like that typically used for window washers, or like those they have been using on the Texaco building) on the southwest wall with men inspecting that wall.  So work has been going on for a little while already.

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Actually that scaffolding has been there for weeks.  Also, early last week I saw a hanging platform (like that typically used for window washers, or like those they have been using on the Texaco building) on the southwest wall with men inspecting that wall.  So work has been going on for a little while already.

Interesting. I had never noticed it and I'm surprised no one mentioned yet.

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attractive edifice!  this is going to become a wonderful addition to downtown's residential capacity.

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attractive edifice! this is going to become a wonderful addition to downtown's residential capacity.

Wait. I thought this building was to stay as an office building. Am I wrong about that?

wont most of that rear of that building be blocked by Hines' new tower?

Yes.

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Wait. I thought this building was to stay as an office building. Am I wrong about that?

 

I was under the same impression, UU.

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I was under the same impression, UU.

ooops!  i hereby stand corrected.  it shall indeed become office space.  not residential.

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They've been working on the west side windows today.  I can't tell if they're replacing them or just painting the frames.  It looks like they got about 6 floors done today - must just be paint.

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They've been working on the west side windows today.  I can tell if they're replacing them or just painting the frames.  They got about 6 floors today, so it must just be paint.

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a very stately edifice!  i cannot wait to view the finished product....

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Yea it looks like gold on top (I'm sure it's not) but it is quite impressive.

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^^^ this is one seriously grand edifice.  i cannot wait the view the completed renovation....

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A pity they are replacing the stone cornice with a plain painted styrofoam wall, but something obviously had to be done, and I guess the budget doesn't allow for it to be done right. Oh well; at least they are leaving open the possibility of restoring it properly in the future.

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A pity they are replacing the stone cornice with a plain painted styrofoam wall, but something obviously had to be done, and I guess the budget doesn't allow for it to be done right. Oh well; at least they are leaving open the possibility of restoring it properly in the future.

 

Funny thing is, the old cornice is "cast stone" - a fancy term for concrete.  So replacing it with EIFS is sorta accurate.

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Funny thing is, the old cornice is "cast stone" - a fancy term for concrete.  So replacing it with EIFS is sorta accurate.

 

Sadly though, the cornice is not being replicated. Instead of the projecting cornice with its row of corbels there will be a flat parapet, with only a small lintel left at the bottom. See before and after on p. 6 of Urb's link.

 

I'm not sure the historical commission should approve this, or not without at least seeing some estimates for a full restoration to know how costly it would be. This is a significant loss of the building's character.

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The historic commission should NOT approve this. They need to go to the extra cost to repair this. Whatever it takes. Period.

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Old cornice parts coming down off the building.

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This will probably (hopefully) be saved. If not reinstalled, I bet they incorporate them somehow.

Does anyone know what the result of their request to remove the accent ledge up top?

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