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Melrose Building to be Redeveloped into a Le Meridien

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I wonder if they are still on track for a Q317 opening?  About 9 months to go!

 

those green tiles need work.  I hope that they figure out how to make them lovely in the next nine months.

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The concrete lips are pretty filthy as well. I imagine a final exterior cleaning will wait until after they finish closing it up, installing the storefronts, fixing the canopy etc.

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35 minutes ago, Texasota said:

The concrete lips are pretty filthy as well. I imagine a final exterior cleaning will wait until after they finish closing it up, installing the storefronts, fixing the canopy etc.

Agreed.  The concrete is likely an easy fix: pressure wash and paint.  But those tiles might be more challenging.  Hope they get it right!

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Now that the structure has been cleaned up, you can imagine how when it opened in 1951 it must have looked like a vision of the future.  This was the first modern-style skyscraper in Houston.

 

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On 1/3/2017 at 1:54 PM, Nate99 said:

What purpose does the black mesh material serve?

To prevent random materials from falling down on the street.

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That's normally the case, but this mesh is right up against the brick.  I would have expected it to be a few feet away from the wall so someone could be inside working on it.  I am under the impression that they will be cleaning and repointing the brick so somehow they need access to it.

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The mesh on the brick is used to rehydrate and repair the brick.

 

guess it was in bad shape.

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Guys, for heavens sake!  Read!  The post said OSBOW and it's a lamp at Walmart.

 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Osbow-Table-Lamp/159303892

 

oh, wait.

 

the sign said "Oxbow"

 

Could be bikini bottoms: 

https://poshmark.com/listing/Vintage-OXBOW-thong-bikini-bottoms-5860565e8f0fc4379c118330

 

Or maybe it's a brew pub in Maine:

http://oxbowbeer.com/

 

hmmmmm.  Maybe it is a lake formed by a river meander.

 

 

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6 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:







More renderings from the file above of Le Méridien Houston and the ground floor restaurant, Oxbow 77 at 1121 Walker:


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There will be a rooftop bar too when I talked to construction crew on site.

Fabulous news. Eagerly awaiting the grand opening!

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On ‎4‎/‎18‎/‎2017 at 7:26 PM, UtterlyUrban said:

I like the look of that interior.  Laura Petrie would love it.  Perfect building for it too.

 

 

Anyone who can spin a Laura Petrie reference into this forum, is all right by me.   And, she has impeccable taste.  ;-)

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this must be just a varnish or something... without the turquoise this building is a dud. This would really bum me out...

 

 

Maybe it is a primer? My sources said they were supposed to paint some but leave the turquoise...

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If there's no turquoise, than this building is just a generic concrete high rise 

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The original tiles were in really bad shape, such that I'd be surprised if they were able to repair them in place.  Perhaps they were removed from the upper floors so they can be restored?  I didn't get close enough to it today to be sure, but I did notice they finally took down the construction elevator.

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I hated this building.  The design of it and the green and, just about everything else.

 

i just shows that even an old, fat, bald guy can change his mind.

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On ‎6‎/‎22‎/‎2017 at 0:26 PM, Nate99 said:

no more turquoise?

 

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Fixed...pretty much.

 

They're painting the rest of the exterior now, should look decent. I'm interested to see what that block is like with an occupied structure.

 

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6 hours ago, UtterlyUrban said:

I hated this building.  The design of it and the green and, just about everything else.

 

i just shows that even an old, fat, bald guy can change his mind.

^^^ i haven't changed mine... it's HIDEOUS!  simply horrible looking exterior wise.  thank goodness for the interior design.....

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40 minutes ago, monarch said:

^^^ i haven't changed mine... it's HIDEOUS!  simply horrible looking exterior wise.  thank goodness for the interior design.....

 

I love it. With the final paint job / mildew removal / professional lighting...

 

It will be amazing.

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Was that taken early in the morning? It seems this won't have much shade except at that time and also late afternoons.

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17 hours ago, lockmat said:

Was that taken early in the morning? It seems this won't have much shade except at that time and also late afternoons.

 

Close to noon, I think. You can see the shadow of the overhang nearly directly below the overhang itself, the sun was close to directly overhead.

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For anyone interested. The San Jacinto side was lit up with LED lights across the turqoise. It made for an extremely modern and sleek look. I am not sure if they were just testing, but it looked AWESOME.

 

For those of you who doubted this project, see it with the lighting. If you STILL don't like it, there is nothing else left to change your mind. I think alot of people will like it / appreciate it when they see it completed, and the lighting effect ON.

 

:)

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39 minutes ago, Avossos said:

For anyone interested. The San Jacinto side was lit up with LED lights across the turqoise. It made for an extremely modern and sleek look. I am not sure if they were just testing, but it looked AWESOME.

 

For those of you who doubted this project, see it with the lighting. If you STILL don't like it, there is nothing else left to change your mind. I think alot of people will like it / appreciate it when they see it completed, and the lighting effect ON.

 

:)

^^^ if at all possible, may you acquire us an illustration?  i am trying in earnest to present this place the benefit of the doubt.  it shall take anything and everything to make this edifice look beautiful (exterior wise) in my view.....

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31 minutes ago, monarch said:

^^^ if at all possible, may you acquire us an illustration?  i am trying in earnest to present this place the benefit of the doubt.  it shall take anything and everything to make this edifice look beautiful (exterior wise) in my view.....

 

I will try. Looks like they are still doing a ton of work on the other side. Not sure if they were just testing...

 

If anyone is around and does see the lights on. Snap a pic... preferably not when you're driving.

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45 minutes ago, JoninATX said:

Are they still on target to open on August 8th?

From their website:

 

"Hotel Opens August 22. Taking Reservations September 12.

We open our doors on August 22, 2017 and are accepting reservations for stays on or after September 12, 2017."

 

looks like rates start (rack rate) at $260 per night plus $42 in taxes, so, $304 and go up from there.

 

 

 

 

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