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I'm surprised no one has posted this yet...

 

http://realtynewsreport.com/2014/11/18/stream-partnership-buys-600-jefferson-tower-in-downtown-houston/

 

 

"The upgrades will include renovating the exterior façade and lobby, upgrading finishes to Class A consistency and changing the building’s address."

 

 

It would be a complete shame if they turned it into a glass box. The exterior could use some TLC, but why not just use that money for the interior/lobby? 

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They better not touch the facade. It can be Class A with interior improvements. Exterior improvements are OK, if its mostly a good cleaning.

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I mean really how does one make an exterior "Class A"? Unless it's the Heaven on Earth Days Inn, I don't see how this makes any sense. I wonder how much it would cost to renovate the exterior versus the interior? I'm sure it's a lot of money that would really improve the office spaces as well as some upgrades to the mechanics of the building.

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i45_downtown_curve_12_3_1964.jpg

 

Here it is in 1964 ( I think). Lets call this the "Before"

That's actually the building next to it, 500 Jefferson. I worked there years ago. 600 Jefferson is nearly identical except for the facade.

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I must be crazy because I think a new (presumably glass) facade would be great.  It'd break up the monotony of those big off-white concrete blocks next to the Pierce and play well off of the federal building next door.

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I must be crazy because I think a new (presumably glass) facade would be great.  It'd break up the monotony of those big off-white concrete blocks next to the Pierce and play well off of the federal building next door.

A new glass facade would be great in addition to the area (new building, not re-facing the current), but you have blue glass close by - Chevron Tower, Federal Building, and soon Central Square.

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In the 1964 pic, its nice to see the St. Joseph's Professional Building before they applied the ugly grey/white/red paint job and the 10-story-high neon crosses on the facade.  When I see the latter at night, I feel like I'm in some 3rd-world country.  

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A Neuhaus & Taylor facade....and we will probably get another abomination like the new 800 Bell.  Philistines.

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I had an office there for several months about 15 years ago, when the company I worked for was playing musical chairs with several departments due to severe space constraints at our usual location. They leased an entire floor (or possibly two) at 600 Jefferson for a year or so to accommodate the overflow while they were implementing a more permanent plan. It was great - I wound up with an enormous office that looked faintly ridiculous with only a desk and a couple of guest chairs in it, and was remarkably productive since our remote location almost totally killed the impromptu "drive-by" interruptions that were the bane of working in our main location's open-plan office space. 

 

Some of the interior spaces had seen better days back then, so I'm not too surprised to hear that they'll be doing some interior updates now. 

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Do you think 30-40 years from now some developers will strip down all these glass curtain revamps to a mock up stucco version of the original (JW Marriot)? I know the current design will never be as romanticized as Art Deco and other styles from that era, but surely by then these 60's and 70's style structures will be missed and appreciated?

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Another interesting thing from the pic is to see the houses to the right side of the Pierce Elevated Freeway, under construction.  I don't remember those.  

 

We lived on the west side of Houston at the time.  To get to Gulfgate Mall or Galveston, we used Highway 90 (now I-10) to go as far east as Westcott, then travelled on Washington Avenue to downtown.  From there, I think we used Pierce Street to get to the Gulf Freeway.  The part of the trip through downtown was interesting.  It would have been about the time the Humble Building (Exxon Mobil) was being built.  Humble had a gas station and auto mechanic operation on an adjacent block that was in an interesting structure with a design that was -- at the time I though it was Spanish Colonial but now I'm not sure what to call it -- similar to the structures still remaining from the expo in the Presidio area of San Francisco.  

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To add insult to injury, the giant "F You 4th Ward" Allen Center garage was built on the two blocks to the left. It's interesting to see the substation has been there that long.

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Those houses were leveled I think when the continental tower went up. It was a parking lot until recently, now theres construction for a believe 5-6 floor condos or apartments on those blocks. 

 

This picture looks like its right over Dallas Street. Where the bar "The Refinery"  Is today. Side note, I like that bar. Hope it sticks around. 

 

 

Another interesting thing from the pic is to see the houses to the right side of the Pierce Elevated Freeway, under construction.  I don't remember those.  

 

We lived on the west side of Houston at the time.  To get to Gulfgate Mall or Galveston, we used Highway 90 (now I-10) to go as far east as Westcott, then travelled on Washington Avenue to downtown.  From there, I think we used Pierce Street to get to the Gulf Freeway.  The part of the trip through downtown was interesting.  It would have been about the time the Humble Building (Exxon Mobil) was being built.  Humble had a gas station and auto mechanic operation on an adjacent block that was in an interesting structure with a design that was -- at the time I though it was Spanish Colonial but now I'm not sure what to call it -- similar to the structures still remaining from the expo in the Presidio area of San Francisco.  

 

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