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They have just begun renovating this building downtown, its gutted currently.

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The Panama Hotel was constructed in 1912, and was so named because it coincided with the opening of the Panama Canal. At the time the building was constructed, it boasted 103 rooms with private baths, steam heat, and telephones in every room. The hotel floor plan, when viewed from above, has a distinct E shape. This unique configuration allowed every room to have at least one window.

The building is a four story, poured in place and reinforced concrete frame structure, with a brick veneer facade. The parapet at the roof is constructed using a native Texas fossilized limestone.

Preservation plans are for the design of 20 luxury condominums and retail space. This redevelopment project began in 2004 and is well on its way to completion.

http://www.kaldis.com/panama.html

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You gotta hand it to Galveston - they see old buildings for their potential, not as obstacles. Nice project!

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I believe this is the one right next door to the Tremont. Which is good that they're adding more hotels to the Strand for the cruise ship passengers. I think the Tremont is the only real hotel on the Strand right now.

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Yes, its finished. I don't have any pics, but the 1st floor is a retail shop by Nevada based Hurricane Reef (a tropical themed funiture/home decor/clothing shop). The pool at the rear of the building looks nice also.

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So is it completed?  Do you have any pics?

Galveston has their own Multiple Listing Service that shows current properties for sale and photos. Check out www.garmls.com

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Cool news clip. I am glad to see that Galveston is in a boom again and that it is moving along quite nicely. I can't wait to see what happens on the island in the next few years.

And cool that the Palisade Palms are starting next week.

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This photo shows the original back bar and bar counter from the Hotel. It has been restored (somewhat) and has been bouncing around as a centerpiece for various bars on the west side of Houston, since 1994.....

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