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The diamond cut stainless steel cladding on the portico has been removed and is being replaced.  This building, which is the undisputed heavyweight champion of ugly exteriors facades in the entire Main Street Market Square entertainment district, was previously Club Heat and Club Spade's. This is the final remaining retail space on the east side of the 500 block, and if it is indeed being worked on would leave only three spaces left on Main without a known active project.

 

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I've been watching 511 Main get some serious roof repairs on a giant hole the past week or so. If this is too small of scale, for Going up! please move it.

 

I'll continue to taking snapshots of the progress. 

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This is from today 

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24 minutes ago, nate4l1f3 said:

Me and my friend hate the office building next to it. One of the ugliest towers on Prime real estate   

 

The Binz building needs some sort of complete renovation. I imagine a hotel will grab it. There was a beautiful building there but I think that is long gone and this is what they built in its place... Agreed.. this building and that block need a ton of help.

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1 hour ago, HouTXRanger said:

Thanks for keeping us updated with the pics OP.

What business is at that address? Are they closed while the roof is getting fixed?

When was the roof damaged, and how? I'm assuming rain.


I think that it’s been abandoned for many years.  Used to be a club.

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It looks like they are getting close to having the roof done. I walked by the building and the roll-up door on the front was open over the weekend, and the inside is about as far as you can be from being done. 

 

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Several years ago someone on this forum said that this building was once a theater. (I tried to use the 'Search' function to locate the post,  but came up with 500+ hits; not today, thank you.)
Does that sound familiar to anyone?


 

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I missed the earlier time series of the roof replacement, but had walked by a couple of times when the front door was opened revealing the whole thing being completely gutted. I'm unlikely to find myself in a night club, but given the condition of the roof and interior, seems like any future use would have been a long shot. 

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I'm not a fan of nightclubs, either.  But I think this is probably a good idea.  I can't count the hundreds of tourists I see in town on weekends wandering Main Street looking for nightlife with very disappointed faces.

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19 hours ago, LBC2HTX said:

If Houston ever wants to be a tourist destination it needs to have a vibrant downtown party scene like gaslamp in San Diego. It’s getting there and the city should really embrace it. 

There are plenty of tourist cities that don't have a "party scene." 

However, Main Street does seem primed for a good bar and club scene.  The problem is that the bars and clubs are scattered all over the city, instead of being concentrated in one location. 

Can someone explain why it is that bars and clubs congregate in the Washington corridor, instead of on Main Street?  There's plenty of available locations, and parking on Main Street.  Is it that the available spaces are too small?

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Eh, there have been plenty of bars on Main Street. COVID caused a bit of a lull, but I think the difference between Main and Washington has more been about the types of bars/clubs rather than the quantity.

Washington has *never* had much in the way of what I personally would find interesting other than the Julep - Liberty Station - Darkhorse trio. 

Main St has/had Deans, Notsuoh, Bad News Bar, Pastry War (RIP), Little Dipper, Secret Garden, and a few more places scattered on Congress, Franklin, and Travis. 

Definitely a noticeable loss since before COVID, but still much better than the early 2000's club scene on Main. Though again, I've never personally been a "club" person.

And that's within like a 300' radius of the 300 block of Main as opposed to like 2 miles of Washington.

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The "hot" area for bars and clubs in Houston seems to move periodically, I guess as people get bored with an area and want to move to the new "trendy" area.  Over the decades it has been Main Street, Midtown, Richmond Ave, and Washington Ave, some multiple times.  I've never been a club person so I don't know which of those is hot at present; maybe nothing is hot right now with so much lost to COVID.  I agree that this area of Main would perhaps be the best place for an evening entertainment district to just remain indefinitely, but some patrons can be finicky and don't want to go to a place that isn't up-and-coming anymore.

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19 hours ago, rechlin said:

The "hot" area for bars and clubs in Houston seems to move periodically, I guess as people get bored with an area and want to move to the new "trendy" area.  Over the decades it has been Main Street, Midtown, Richmond Ave, and Washington Ave, some multiple times.  I've never been a club person so I don't know which of those is hot at present; maybe nothing is hot right now with so much lost to COVID.  I agree that this area of Main would perhaps be the best place for an evening entertainment district to just remain indefinitely, but some patrons can be finicky and don't want to go to a place that isn't up-and-coming anymore.

With all of the events happening downtown all the time, I'm surprised that the Main Street bar scene isn't more robust.

Every time there's an Astros game — especially on the weekends — I see tourists after the game wandering back to their hotels and searching for something else to do.  There are a few bars that fill up because of this, but there's a lot of people who keep going, looking for a different scene, or a less crowded place, or maybe someplace more family-friendly, because they often bring children with them.

And after going to the Alley or something at Jones Hall, the after-show options are very limited. 

People who run bars and restaurants always complain that there aren't enough people.  They're only half-right. The people are there, but they're sporadic.  Which is why the Downtown district people have to do more to bring more events to the area — to fill in the gaps and make full-time restaurants and bars viable.

When HAIF started, people used to say, "Tourists don't come to Houston."  That's no longer the case  I think it's closer to the truth to say, "Tourists don't come back to Houston."

10 hours ago, LBC2HTX said:

Right, and those cities have things that Houston will never have (natural beauty/weather or historical significance). 

There's that Houston "Can't Do" attitude!

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On 6/13/2022 at 10:39 PM, LBC2HTX said:

Right, and those cities have things that Houston will never have (natural beauty/weather or historical significance). 

Our weather is great 7 months out of the year. Our Summers are brutal but not much different from places like New Orleans. I could care less about what Houston doesn't have. I care more about what we do have and what we do bring to the table. When I went to SF last Summer, the scenery was great but that was a fading focus and the weather sucked. It was cold af till about 1 pm and then 4 hours of sunshine and then back to freezing cold. I was more pleased with the city itself, and not all of it was "historical." Tourists do come here. I've run in to a few the past few weeks. I talked to a guy from Denver that said he just wanted to get away and that he really liked the city. 

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1 hour ago, j_cuevas713 said:

When I went to SF last Summer, the scenery was great but that was a fading focus and the weather sucked. it was cold af till about 1 pm and then 4 hours of sunshine and then back to freezing cold

San Francisco is why Frank Sinatra sang "She hates California.  It's cold and it's damp."   Most people today aren't old enough to remember that San Francisco was the big west coast city for a century before Los Angeles became big.

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5 minutes ago, editor said:

San Francisco is why Frank Sinatra sang "She hates California.  It's cold and it's damp."   Most people today aren't old enough to remember that San Francisco was the big west coast city for a century before Los Angeles became big.

Aside from the weather, SF is so much better than LA. LA only gets the attention it does because of Hollywood, otherwise the city is just ehh. I read it's the largest urban area outside of NY, but those stats are based on 2k people per square mile being considered "urban."

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8 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Aside from the weather, SF is so much better than LA. LA only gets the attention it does because of Hollywood, otherwise the city is just ehh. I read it's the largest urban area outside of NY, but those stats are based on 2k people per square mile being considered "urban."

Houston is what LAs population was in the 60s I wonder what Houston will look like in 60 years.

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On 6/30/2022 at 10:44 PM, kennyc05 said:

Houston is what LAs population was in the 60s I wonder what Houston will look like in 60 years.

We'll be 90% freeway after all the “just add one more lane” projects are done on the freeways. One thousand people in the core and 20 million in the suburbs. 
 

By the way this is a joke people . 

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