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Might there be a reason that the period for turquoise was brief?

 

Fleeting, like many fads.  I think it was really only popular for a decade or so, from the early 1950s to 1960s.  The post-modernism of the 1980s and brutalism of the 1970s also had short shelf lives.

 

I just dug up some old photos, and when I get the chance I'm going to do a post on Houston's historic turquoise buildings.

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It looks pretty sharp in person

Le Meridien.

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Fleeting, like many fads.  I think it was really only popular for a decade or so, from the early 1950s to 1960s.  The post-modernism of the 1980s and brutalism of the 1970s also had short shelf lives.

 

I just dug up some old photos, and when I get the chance I'm going to do a post on Houston's historic turquoise buildings.

 

Oooooh I'm looking forward to your turquoise post!!!

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I'll give you a yaaaaah. With this, the upcoming Aloft, the JW, Capitol Lofts, upcoming 1111 Rusk Apartments, Kirby Lofts, the Saint Germain, Commerce Towers, BG Group Place and 609 Main all within 2 two blocks, the Dollar / Food store at Main and Walker seems increasingly out of place. The Main Street corridor is going to be awesome and will be the bridge linking south Downtown, Market Square Park and the new Ballpark district - not to mention areas outside of Downtown via the light rail.

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^^^ sorry urbannizer, i love you dearly.  however, you shall get a huge NOOOOOOO!  not to mention, the correct logo as well (see above).  


i have lodged at many LE MERIDIEN hotels throughout the world, and this one just does not come close....


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Eh. It's about what I expected. With the design of the building I just didn't see how much different they could possibly make it. But we will be getting a new hotel and a street level restaurant/bar so thats good. I'm still excited about it though.

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I don't know hotels like some of you guys on here. But from what yall have been saying about this brand, I was thinking something more luxurious as well from the outside. Maybe the French name fooled me?

 

I like it, just not what I expected.

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The name fooled you... LM is not a luxury hotel in the truest sense of the term. It's a nice brand but that's about it. Architecturally the one in San Francisco is similarly architecturally unremarkable.

 

^^^ not so fast my good pal swtsig.  please reference below illustrations as per a couple of LE MERIDIEN hotels that i have lodged at .  i can assure you that true LUXURY abounds...

 

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LE MERIDIEN beach resort phuket, thailand

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this particular resort hotel was a masterpiece.  luxury was everywhere...

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the rooms are super luxurious... to die for...

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LE MERIDIEN dubai. just one of two.  simply gorgeous

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i would say that this is quite luxurious... indeed.

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Monarch, don't confuse resorts and hotels. Marriott resorts can be very nice, but that doesn't make it a luxury hotel brand. I've stayed in the LM in LA and it was nice but not a luxury brand. The building didn't stand out and the location wasn't great either. My only wish would be for balconies. That would be baller if they could incorporate that somehow.

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I'm torn.  I like the way they did the turquoise panels and the awning - looks to go with the building.  But that color...is it going to be similar to some of the yellow stucco we've had to deal with?  It might be better for it to just be grey concrete instead of that color.  Then again, it might look better once they paint it (one can hope)

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#1 I love it. It's a mid-century modern gem. We have so few of those left, especially downtown. 

#2 I don't think that's gold paint. That's probably just what that material will look like after a good power washing.

#3 It's laughable that anyone would post an interior photo of another LM Hotel and say this one is inferior because they don't like the exterior.

 

I've always loved the Melrose Building and I am glad they are bringing it back without altering the living hell out of it.

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A new breath in this building. Looks refreshing. Saving a building, instead of another run of mill design. Yaaas. Slay Le Meridien, slay...

 

I agree. It represents its time, a good time. Something worth saving, preserving part of Houston's history.

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Taking a step back, this is on the next block from the Stowers/Aloft, Catty Corner from the Club Quarters, and on the next block from the Texaco housing project.  Nice little cluster of folks on this block when these projects are done.  Foot traffic after 5PM is great, and thats what these projects are going to do.  

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I remember all this delicate flower and moaning when the original redesign for jw was release..hell I remember when we saw the final redendeeing.and people were complaining, turns out to have been better in person than a mock up can accuracy relay. .so when it comes to redoing old building I learn to wait and see how it translate in the real world

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the front entry just seems so very cheaply / moderately detailed.  i see no standout luxury here at all.... nothing but barren...

not even an audi....

 

 

I love it! Looks very downtown LA to me. Modern, Minimal, and beautiful. It's about time we start celebrating some of our Modernist heritage!

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There's gonna be a parking garage built next to this. 

 

Any details?

 

I posted a few pages back pics of the soil sampling going on there, so that jives. With Texaco, Aloft and Le Meridien, I'd think there could be an opportunity there for something at the street level too.

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In the picture URB posted, you can see a garage next to it. Hopefully won't take the full block.

 

 

The garage to the right/north of the Le Meridien in the picture is already there and has been in continuous use even after the building was vacated. The half(ish) of the block that faces Fannin is a surface lot that had the soil samples being taken.

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The garage to the right/north of the Le Meridien in the picture is already there and has been in continuous use even after the building was vacated. The half(ish) of the block that faces Fannin is a surface lot that had the soil samples being taken.

you are just so right!

 

Such a foreign area of Downtown to me. 

 

SO the whole block will be parking garages with a tiny sliver of this building?

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^^^ ok, so far.. very good.  things are starting to look a bit more sophisticated in my view.  i am loving the new signage, and something just seems a bit different with the overall scale of the edifice itself.  i want this hotel to be a complete and utter success for downtown....  

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