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Le Meridien (Melrose Building) At 1121 Walker St.


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Hate to use the cliche' phrases but this is an eyesore and a blight. Its only useful function seems to be as an impromptu urinal for those who have no where else to go (wordplay intentional.)

Surprising how one dreary block can contaminate the surrounding area. The Melrose Building is on a high traffic street; this is not a good setting for such a creepy and nasty artifact. Shouldn't downtown be held to a higher standard?

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This was downtown's first modern skyscraper. When it was first built in 1952 it must have looked like a vision of the future. Originally the spandrels were turquoise, which would have helped it stand out more. They were replaced with brown panels in the 1970s.

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This was downtown's first modern skyscraper. When it was first built in 1952 it must have looked like a vision of the future. Originally the spandrels were turquoise, which would have helped it stand out more. They were replaced with brown panels in the 1970s.

How strange - both the Melrose and the Prudential buildings were built in 1952, and are nearly the same height (93.88m, 21 stories vs. 95.1, 21 stories, respectively.)

Prudential (Houston Main) Building

Melrose Building

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Oh the dear old Melrose. What a crappy hand it has been dealt..

Yes....gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em :D

If only the Melrose would serve as a cautionary tale for those who would recklessly update a building, and thereby seal its fate. Whatever charm this building possessed has been 'improved' out of it, and neglect has finished the job.

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Yes....gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em :D

If only the Melrose would serve as a cautionary tale for those who would recklessly update a building, and thereby seal its fate. Whatever charm this building possessed has been 'improved' out of it, and neglect has finished the job.

Witness 806 Main.

I would love to get inside the Melrose, although you just know it is going to have some sort of strange mid-century funk.

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Does anyone know if the 806 Main hotel conversion is underway?

I never realized that the Melrose was vacant. How long has it been empty?

Judging by the condition of the street level exterior, I would guess since the 1980's.

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Witness 806 Main.

I would love to get inside the Melrose, although you just know it is going to have some sort of strange mid-century funk.

Me too, thats what intrigues me about that building. No telling what relics from the past are inside.

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In theory, but I could see this being one of those buildings doomed because ceiling heights are too low.  I think the renovation of Texaco and construction of 6 Houston Center might turn up the heat to do something with it.  Poor sad Melrose Building.

 

 

As a side note, I really like mid-century buildings like this (and First City and Exxon) that utilize balcony-like extensions to provide shade and reduce cooling costs.  It seems like such a logical solution for a hot climate.

 

 

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besides the pictures attatched or googled - does anyone know what the interior is like? Is it solid sealed? Or where urban pioneers and explorers able to get in and squat like days inn, savoy ect

 

I will try to ride my bike to and take some pics this weekened - seriously never knew about this building until someone bumped a 6AC thread elsewhere.

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Since the demise of the Sheraton and the re-development of the Texaco building, this has become the urine-iest building downtown.  Maybe the owner is saving the development of the area for his grandkids. What are the ceiling heights in 806 Main? 

 

They just spent a substantial amount of money on the adjacent garage to reconfigure the entrances to accommodate the new light rail line down Rusk, but with the Skanska temporary ramp thing on an active demolition project, I'm not going to assume that is indicative of anything in the medium term. 

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besides the pictures attatched or googled - does anyone know what the interior is like? Is it solid sealed? Or where urban pioneers and explorers able to get in and squat like days inn, savoy ect

 

I will try to ride my bike to and take some pics this weekened - seriously never knew about this building until someone bumped a 6AC thread elsewhere.

 

I was able to make it into the Texas State Hotel and Sheraton buildings, but this one seemed to be sealed pretty tight.  

 

If I'm not mistaken, there was a dry cleaners or something similar on the ground floor in the early 1990s, but the rest of the building was closed off even then.

 

I would bet that if they replaced the brown spandrels with the original turquoise that there would be more preservationist interest in the Melrose.   

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IIRC, the turquoise tile is still behind the brown spandrels.  I haven't walked by it lately, but I also think I remember seeing at least one of the spandrel panels missing, and there was not a gooey mess of mastic left behind.  Bronze aluminum, as described by a poster above, would have been pretty simple to apply without causing a whole lot of collateral damage.

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IIRC, the turquoise tile is still behind the brown spandrels.  I haven't walked by it lately, but I also think I remember seeing at least one of the spandrel panels missing, and there was not a gooey mess of mastic left behind.  Bronze aluminum, as described by a poster above, would have been pretty simple to apply without causing a whole lot of collateral damage.

 

There is one visible, and it does appear to be covered in goo...

 

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initially, i was thinking omni brand as per this particular development.  however, le meridien is simply the perfect choice high above the GRB.


i have lodged at many of these hotels throughout the middle east, and i really enjoy their courteous staffers / services.


houston, is getting it's groove back....


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is there a link to the Le Meridien info? should that be put in the thread title now? i feel like a bunch of people arent noticing it and there should be more excitement about this. haha

but in all honestly..

this is the most mixed use building to ever go up in Houston.

ground floor retail/restaurants
intermodal transit center
1,900 space parking garage
office building podium
and a freaking LE MERIDIEN to top it all off.

the only thing that could make this sweeter is if the le meridien had residences too.

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I'm sorry I guys. I didn't realize it until earlier today that the proposed Le Meridien may not be connected to this proposal. There's a chance that the Le Meridien will be a new building altogether for Downtown.

The hotel brand for this proposed hotel will be announced officially this Spring, but in the meantime I'm going to split all post on the Le Meridien brand into a new thread.

HC2415.pdf

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I'm sorry I guys. I didn't realize it until earlier today that the proposed Le Meridien may not be connected to this proposal. There's a chance that the Le Meridien will be a new building altogether for Downtown.

The hotel brand for this proposed hotel will be announced officially this Spring, but in the meantime I'm going to split all post on the Le Meridien brand into a new thread.

attachicon.gifHC2415.pdf

 

Maybe this is finally coming to life: http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/27262-city-selling-dt-block-101-for-development-capitolruskcrawfordamericas/?p=483552

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yeah i was wondering about that site. it will be interesting to see who is going to nab the site next door to/south of OPP, west of Embassy Suites (assuming it hasnt been bought already and is available for sale). thats one of the last remaining properties with decent sight lines of discovery green, unless someone builds something on the same block as ES.

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Personally, I don't think that this will be a new structure in downtown. I think it will be in the Houston First planned hotel space.

If it really is yet another hotel on another parcel, I would be surprised.

There are a lot of hotel rooms coming on line within a year or two in downtown. Probably something like 2000 new rooms (JW, holiday inn, Marriott Concention, Houston First, Greenstreet, humble apartments, Hampton inn or whatever it is under construction now, the mysterious aloft hotel..... Did I miss any?).... That is a lot of new capacity. I am struggling to think that developers will plan yet another one.....

Le Meridien will go into the Houston First building.... That's my prediction.

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  • The title was changed to Melrose Building At 1121 Walker St.
  • The title was changed to Le Meridien (Melrose Building) At 1121 Walker St.

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