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David says that his team has immediately launched work refurbishing the exterior—power washing and welding crews are out there this morning (when David took this photo for us) to bring the building back to its former glory and tells us he's replicating its original awnings and windows to a T. He's working with the historic department to line up tax credits, and is trying to get historic landmark protected status. David hasn't decided yet what they'll do with the interior—he tells us he'd really like to do a state-of-the-art boutique hotel, but they're also considering doing event space or creative offices there. David may not know what the building will be, but he's got a grand opening date in mind already—in 2017, exactly 100 years after the Cheek Neal Coffee Co Building first opened.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/mixed-use/historic-eado-building-to-be-redeveloped-48377?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

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David says that his team has immediately launched work refurbishing the exterior—power washing and welding crews are out there this morning (when David took this photo for us) to bring the building back to its former glory and tells us he's replicating its original awnings and windows to a T. He's working with the historic department to line up tax credits, and is trying to get historic landmark protected status. David hasn't decided yet what they'll do with the interior—he tells us he'd really like to do a state-of-the-art boutique hotel, but they're also considering doing event space or creative offices there. David may not know what the building will be, but he's got a grand opening date in mind already—in 2017, exactly 100 years after the Cheek Neal Coffee Co Building first opened.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/mixed-use/historic-eado-building-to-be-redeveloped-48377?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

 

A boutique hotel would be amazing. Could be our equivalent of the Wythe Hotel:

http://wythehotel.com/

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A boutique hotel would be amazing. Could be our equivalent of the Wythe Hotel:

http://wythehotel.com/

 

I've been to this rooftop bar/hotel and its great. If they could pull something off like that it would be amazing. Although the ides bar on top of The Wythe is frequented by models so not sure if it would be quite the same crowd.

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Wow, I thought for sure this thing was destined for the wrecking ball. It looks like it should be condemned. Fantastic news!

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Wow, I thought for sure this thing was destined for the wrecking ball. It looks like it should be condemned. Fantastic news!

 

I'm delighted to think this building will be restored. It does look pretty rough but one of the great things about modern technology is we have very effective ways to restore 100-year-old (and older) buildings back to their original appearance. This is especially true for concrete and masonry which, of course, this building is.

 

In the past, every time I drove past this building I felt both hope and dread. Hope that someone would restore it and dread that no one would. It appears that hope won. Yay!  :)

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This is great news. Pretty much ANYthing can be restored. It's just easier and sometimes cheaper to tear down and slap up prefab crap.

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I'm delighted to think this building will be restored. It does look pretty rough but one of the great things about modern technology is we have very effective ways to restore 100-year-old (and older) buildings back to their original appearance. This is especially true for concrete and masonry which, of course, this building is.

 

In the past, every time I drove past this building I felt both hope and dread. Hope that someone would restore it and dread that no one would. It appears that hope won. Yay!  :)

 

I keep thinking of the Sunset Coffee Building Restoration, which pretty much a new building. If they can keep the original brick work this will look great!

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Just an interesting little tidbit-

JW Neal and his son both had grand homes in Avondale -- both on Avondale Ave.

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Just an interesting little tidbit-

JW Neal and his son both had grand homes in Avondale -- both on Avondale Ave.

 

Americans love their coffee.  :)

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I've always thought this was a no brainer. It definitely has a nice charm to and I'm glad they are going for a full restoration. I think a good use would be a hotel as well. Its right next to the ball part and if they do plant a hotel that will motivate others to build around it. I also like the idea of studio office space.

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Still an awful lot of crackheads hanging around that part of town right near 59. I wouldn't want to live right there.

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Still an awful lot of crackheads hanging around that part of town right near 59. I wouldn't want to live right there.

I'm curious what you mean by that. I'm pretty sure I do, but go ahead and explain.

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I'm curious what you mean by that. I'm pretty sure I do, but go ahead and explain.

It's self explanatory. Right under 59 a block or two from this building is a hangout for a lot of crackheads. Have you ever been over there? Go to Ninfas for lunch and tell me what you see on the way.

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Awesome. This guys needs a HAIF "medal of honor", if there is such a thing.

 

It will probably be a shoe-in for a Preservation Houston Good Brick Award.

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That group is committed to rehabbing and restoring historic buildings... I just hope they can make a boutique hotel work as I think that is an awesome idea.

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It's self explanatory. Right under 59 a block or two from this building is a hangout for a lot of crackheads. Have you ever been over there? Go to Ninfas for lunch and tell me what you see on the way.

I'm accepting that response for "Ninfa's" alone. Didn't realize there were still any open. Next you're gonna tell me to go eat Casa Olé :lol:

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In the path of the expanded freeway, no?

 

Then again, if they restore it the way BBP "restored" the Sunset Coffee building, they could just build it somewhere else after tearing it down.

 

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I'm accepting that response for "Ninfa's" alone. Didn't realize there were still any open. Next you're gonna tell me to go eat Casa Olé :lol:

 

The original one on Navigation is still there - it's changed hands several times but is still worth the trip, being fairly representative of what it was like in its glory days. There are a couple of others around town but they just licensed the name at some point in the past and there's really nothing to distinguish them from any other Mexican restaurant. 

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If you haven't been over to the east end and stopped by the original Ninfas on navigation you should. It's a pretty big part of houston history and it's not the same as the cheap chain restaurants around the state. It's like carrabas where the original is still decent, but the cheap chains are crap.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/2015/07/houston-tech-company-moves-forward-on-headquarters.html

 

I thought I remembered there was an existing thread for this but I can't find it.

that looks like the original Schlumberger building on Leeland and Delano.

 

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.743255,-95.353177,3a,75y,242.71h,97.33t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1syw_buzWTqOHkrNeCqWOtUA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

 

In fact, on the street view, there's a picture hidden behind the power pole (another reason the city needs to bury these things!) and it looks exactly like what's on HBJ.

 

Every time I see it, I wish that someone would clean it up, I was wishing it would be turned into condos.

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It'll be interesting to see what this building becomes.  Also wonder if they'll keep the fire escape exposed or cover it like the Central Bank building.  Such a nice building that just needs to be restored

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I had a dream about this building. It was full of zombies. For the longest time I've always wondered about the history behind it. I'm glad they've decide to make use of it instead of turning it into parking space.

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I had a dream about this building. It was full of zombies. For the longest time I've always wondered about the history behind it. I'm glad they've decide to make use of it instead of turning it into parking space.

 

Had you just watched Fear of the Walking Dead?

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Had you just watched Fear of the Walking Dead?

 

This was a while ago. I use to drive past the building frequently to get to Navigation. Seen it when I was a kid when we'd go grocery shopping at Kim Hung in the early 90s. I've been using google street view to scope out warehouses in the area to convert into a garage/residential and chance upon it again. So I googled it and found some blurb about Kraft taking down the Maxwell House sign from a coffee plant in the East End. It mentioned the previous 2017 Preston warehouse.

 

And of course HAIF never fails me if I need to find out info about an old building. :)

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Welders and architects told him the windows, which were manufactured in St. Louis 100 years ago, could not be saved because they'd have to be removed in order to be restored, and that wasn't an option because of the way they were built into the structure.

 

"Everyone told me to rip these out and have them recreated in a factory in China," said Denenburg, who was determined to redo them in place.

 

He points out the curvature of the handle that cranks open the windows.

 

"See how beautiful this handle is? You can't find that anywhere," he said.

 

 

This guy gets it. I wish the owners of the State National Building had this kind of care for history and detail.

 

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I'm glad they are keeping the historic steel windows.  Replacement windows in historic buildings never look right.

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