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Louis White Grocery | 4101 Lyons Ave

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The former Louis White Grocery property at 4101 Lyons Ave is "*a 3,736 square foot, two-story wood frame with exterior brick veneer commercial structure situated on a 5,000 square foot (50' x 100') corner lot."  It was "constructed circa 1955." The Louis White Grocery is a City of Houston Protected Landmark designated in May 2021."

The building will be rehabbed, according to the owner in an October Houston Chronicle article.

"[Ashley] Ruiz purchased the old Louis White Grocery store building right in the middle as an investment a couple of years ago and plans to turn it into an event space for the community through her business, Urban Engaged HTX."



* from the Houston Archaeological & Historical Commission 

There is also this interview with Ruiz discussing plans to renovate the Louis White Grocery building:


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The old Louis White Grocery building at 4101 Lyons Avenue will be rehabbed further.

The property owner applied for a certificate of appropriateness for proposed alterations.

A few key proposed changes include:

  • (2) 48'-0'' x 10'-0'' shipping containers will be attached to the back of the building side by side expanding the building 960 sq. ft.

  • (2) 40'-0'' x 10'-0'' shipping containers will be stacked on top of each other on the left side of the building facing Lyons Ave. expanding the building 800 sq. ft.

  • 1st story roof behind the 2nd story will be altered into a rooftop


Here is full list of proposed alterations:

  • Level and stabilize the concrete foundation 
  • Ordinary maintenance and repair to front façade, window openings
    and masonry 
  • Restore front façade sign and front canopy
  • Restore roof on original structure with in-kind materials
  • Replace existing siding on second story of original structure with 
    siding to match existing
  • Restore and stabilize existing door openings and surrounding 
  • Restore and stabilize existing window openings and surrounding 
  • Construct 1-story side addition on East elevation measuring 464 
    sq.ft. with uncovered roof deck with a 2’ side setback
  • Construct 2-story rear addition measuring 858 sq.ft. with uncovered 
    roof deck with a 16’ 3” rear setback
  • Storage room on second floor of rear addition measuring 99 
  • Install glass ceiling above existing rear, 1-story roof
  • Metal siding on proposed additions


Proposed site plan


Proposed first floor plan


Proposed second floor plan


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