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The current PC had a very cool Swanky feel. At least it did the last time I was there. I wish they would keep a similar theme/design. Hope they have a sale.

 

I had been there a few times, very Mad Men, from what I have gathered about the show second hand. Appropriate I suppose given a club that had not needed to change a thing since the mid-60's.

 

It's an interesting bit of short term archaeology. About the time that they might have done a comprehensive re-styling, the bottom fell out of the oil market an Houston in general. So, missing that opportunity, it stayed as it was for long enough that people actually liked the styling again. 

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I'd be really happy if they converted to apartments/condos and maybe mixed-use with a Hotel. The top of the building, ex-petroleum club is dying to be used as a fabulous resort pool. Could definitely

I guess it's to show tenants what a finished office will look like with views and all. They must smell some prey to be doing this now. I really hope they don't knock away one of the solar fins since I

It's interesting. Low ceiling heights have also been given as an explanation for why the old Holiday/Days Inn could not be renovated, and the Sheraton-Lincoln before that. It must be that people in th

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they are actually trying to open up the tunnel system to the surface to bring more of the mole people outside.. which has been on the mayors agenda for a while now. as of right now the only external street level entrance to the tunnel system that i know of is at Wells Fargo. 

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I hope the top portion of the tower is all glass and not a golden 80's shield. Based of the rendering they have totally redesigned the facade (not the shape). It looks more along the lines of something in the Energy Corridor now. A shame because I was really liking the first rendering. If you're going to bastardize a mid-century gem might as well make it look very modern.

haha i totally agree. wtf were they thinking with the gold? and you are right.. the new facade looks straight out of the energy corridor. unfortunate.. though the building could look really neat if the recessed portions were lit with color changing LEDs or something? im still bitter they arent keeping the design and converting it to residential. ah well...

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I hope that isn't a new design. The Ziegler Cooper proposal looked pretty good. I also think that it would be better if this was converted into residential. We might be able to get all of our office proposals built if this one wasn't adding more office space to the market.

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they are actually trying to open up the tunnel system to the surface to bring more of the mole people outside.. which has been on the mayors agenda for a while now. as of right now the only external street level entrance to the tunnel system that i know of is at Wells Fargo. 

 

An entrance that frequently has the steps roped off and the doors locked during business hours, for some Providence unknown reason.

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Note - Another good way to get the mole people above ground is to close off their tunnel access, as will soon happen for two years +/- to people trying to get to/from Chase via their only link with the bulk of downtown through the hub under the expiring Houston Club Building.  I can't help but wonder what the over/under will be on some sort of interim solution.

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Note - Another good way to get the mole people above ground is to close off their tunnel access, as will soon happen for two years +/- to people trying to get to/from Chase via their only link with the bulk of downtown through the hub under the expiring Houston Club Building.  I can't help but wonder what the over/under will be on some sort of interim solution.

 

Nothing wrong with mole people...

 

A similar situation arose a few years back when the old Woolworths was demolished for a parking garage.  The tunnel was closed briefly, but as soon possible a temporary plywood tunnel was built through the basement level and construction continued.  Then the new tunnel opened and what had been the temp tunnel was finished out.  There's no way they would block tunnel access during a full two-year construction period. 

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Nothing wrong with mole people...

 

You are correct, Subdude.  I've been a dedicated mole person for my entire adult life.

 

Yesterday the tunnel heading into the soon to be JW Marriott at 806 Main (and from there to points east) got walled off, leaving only narrow passages to access 801 Travis's mailboxes and shuttle elevator.

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er, I think the two year closing may have been part of a digression into tunnel closures, and in particular the hub under the soon to be gone Houston Club building.

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Yuck.  I get the concept of wanting to make the floor plates bigger, but this is a mistake.

 

Anyone want to bet that in 40 years or so, someone will be trying to replace the fins to honor the original design, just as we're now trying to repair the damage caused by the '60s pasted on cladding on things like the JW Marriott?

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I agree with Texasota and mollusk 100%.

They are ruining a unique looking classic to create something that's bland and ugly from the get go.

Just like the Texas Tower I guess this will make it easier to demolish. I Can hear it now, they will say the building is no longer historic, it has lost its character, let's just demolish it and build something else. The Texas Tower was so attractive, and they just crippled it to the point where no one would care if it goes.

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yep.. its a damn shame.. TBH the new design isnt THAT bad. hopefully the lighting at the top will be color changing or something, but im really bummed they are replacing a 60s mid century modern design.

I agree it isn't THAT bad, I wouldn't mind it if it was another infill project. But if you are redoing an iconic building, it should be better than "not that bad", it should be awesome.

And they should somehow honor the original design, maybe with horizontal bands of contrasting glass, or even glass fins like BG place.

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I thought the original idea in the renovation was to turn the Petroleum Club into lighting (I might be off on that). It looks as if these newer proposals indicate the Petroleum Club floors will be usable space. I prefer the opportunity for some signature lighting elements Downtown.

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Compare the thicknesses in these two renderings:  one thinner than the current building, one thicker.  What's up with that?  The inconsistency seems rather sloppy.  Is the firm doing the designs using interns who aren't talking to each other for these renderings?

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Does anyone know who made these renderings?  I checked the Ziegler Cooper website and I don't see them.  I'm not a fan of these renderings, but love the one's that the architecture firm has on their website.  I guess these were made at a moment's notice.

 

 

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I like the shot where it's just two guys having drinks and good ol' boy talk...

 

"You know, I thought the Audi A7 was better than the A6... but not quite as good as the A8."

 

"Heh, yeah, I see what you mean."

 

"Heh heh heh..."

 

I thought it was particularly interesting how they took the standard "people in architectural renderings" aesthetic and transferred it seamlessly to video form, the same detached synthetic creepiness was all there only more so. 

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I thought it was particularly interesting how they took the standard "people in architectural renderings" aesthetic and transferred it seamlessly to video form, the same detached synthetic creepiness was all there only more so. 

I really like the sunken plaza scene where it is obviously in late January or early February. People in suits sitting outside.

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If this is going to look like the 3d renderings, I am impressed. I wish the architect of the Wesleyan project and ChiTown's Aqua would have tackled this and made it into a seemingly rippling balconied wonder. BUT, alas, this is not the case. I for one like the new design and think it will add to our skyline, despite my reservations that recladding every building pre 70s may become imminent.

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