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2nd floor remodel.

Southeast corner.  

University of St. Thomas Sets Stage for Major ‘Renewal’ https://news.stthom.edu/university-of-st-thomas-sets-stage-for-major-renewal/     Private Houston university plans to rest

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great school or greatest school?

Quite a vague post, don't you think sttombiz? Well, guessing from your screen name, you are somehow connected to UST. As a graduate, I greatly value the solid, Catholic education that I received there. Greatest school? Probably not. A great institute in the city of Houston - definitely.

On an architectural note, I am very pleased with the completion of the mall and the new garage and dorms that have been built since I left. Not to show my age, but I was there when Hamburgers by Gourmet occupied the corner of Yoakum and West Alabama! Yikes! :o

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the question was colbert-esque. yes I do attend st thomas (senior). I have been there just before the start of the new construction when the mall used to be an ugly parking lot and mt vernon was a drivable street. now that they have used it as a campus mall and a pedestrian walkway, it looks great. they are also planning to shut down w main and turn it into a pedestrian walkway so that there is less congestion next to the new athletic center.

the medical program there is ranked at on of the best in the country (seeing how theres around a 99% acceptance rating from st thomas into medical school)

the only thing they need to do is make the school more of an exclusive university and not allow every D student from a private high school into its academia.

my opinion...greatest school (1st best in Houston, who the heck cares about those Rice morons)

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well...I'm not in 7th grade but I wish I were (man those were some great times!). you need to lighten up though. I'm sorry you didnt go to st thomas. I know you wish you did, but you didnt. dont take it out on me. gosh!

st thomas = awesome

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the question was colbert-esque. yes I do attend st thomas (senior). I have been there just before the start of the new construction when the mall used to be an ugly parking lot and mt vernon was a drivable street. now that they have used it as a campus mall and a pedestrian walkway, it looks great. they are also planning to shut down w main and turn it into a pedestrian walkway so that there is less congestion next to the new athletic center.

the medical program there is ranked at on of the best in the country (seeing how theres around a 99% acceptance rating from st thomas into medical school)

the only thing they need to do is make the school more of an exclusive university and not allow every D student from a private high school into its academia.

my opinion...greatest school (1st best in Houston, who the heck cares about those Rice morons)

Wow, I bet it's gonna hurt when you get out into the real world and notice you are saying a lot of yes sirs and yes ma'ams to all your Aggie, Longhorn, and Cougar bosses that got business degrees while you were off getting your prestigious liberal arts degree..... but you'll get used to it B)

I agree though that the campus is gorgeous, Johnson's greatest accomplishment.

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ut and a&m offer business degrees? I thought they just offered drinking contests. ohhh snap!

...yea that is going to suck, but I'll just show them up with a masters.

in your face...world!

From the tone of your posts, you seem to be enrolled in one continuous drinking contest. What a waste of a beautiful campus.

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my girlfriend finishes up there this fall..

i find it too be way too small for my taste.. and having spent too much time picking her up at the dorm there.. it seems like a very juvenile atmosphere compared to my time at A&M.

another complaint.. their one and only campus dining option is rather pathetic for what the students that live there are forced to pay for it.

but yah.. location and architecture is rather appealing.

Although different style of architecure i wouldnt say it isn't any better or worse than Rice. Rice's campus is beautiful.

It certainly doesn't have the reputation as Rice... nor the value.

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ut and a&m offer business degrees? I thought they just offered drinking contests. ohhh snap!

...yea that is going to suck, but I'll just show them up with a masters.

in your face...world!

I foresee a job in your near future that involves wearing your best sock tie and delivering inter-office mail in a fancy high-rise building downtown, and maybe picking up lunch from time-to-time where you get to keep the change........

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ut and a&m offer business degrees? I thought they just offered drinking contests. ohhh snap!

If this post is any indication, UST is using the proximity of its Montrose campus to help students with their Gaying It Up skills. ;)

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If this post is any indication, UST is using the proximity of its Montrose campus to help students with their Gaying It Up skills. ;)

"ohh snap" is so yesterday in the gay world-he must be straight. Guys like that always feed off our throw-aways. :lol:

B)

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I agree though that the campus is gorgeous, Johnson's greatest accomplishment.

I don't think UST's campus is nearly as attractive as UH's.

I'd rank them:

1) Rice

2) UH

3) Cy-Fair CC

4) UST

5) TSU

6) HBU

UH and Rice both have beautiful, tree-lined campuses. Rice gets the nod for its architecture. But UH's green spaces are every bit as beautiful, if not more, than Rice's.

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wow...you guys are being really mean, but likely I have never met you so it does not really matter.

I would say UH needs something more than greenery. they actually need plants that stay alive and bloom. I can't say anything for the rest of the campus, but near the admissions office (adjacent to Roy G Cullen, I believe) it does not look too good.

what is the new center they have which uses a more modern architecture? is it the new biological research lab? that looks amazing. allison did a lot for him in the way of new structures thats for sure (hence the new law center)

I would say Rice is first in looks and then UST. all others look nearly the same (never been to cy-fair, but on advertisements it does look mighty fancy)

was oh snap ever a gay word?

...and I hope to pursue an MD so inter-office politics is out of the way. though I would like to fetch lunch for some corporate VP who thinks he was in line of the promotion and not the narrow-minded Rice alum. we could converse over how Rice offers a beautiful campus but nothing in the form of a bus degree or student oriented college life (the pub needs to move to St Thomas). so why did the guy the promotion? two words: sexual favors. god, you Rice people are disgusting.

when was the last time students actually skinny dipped in the Dean's pool? regretfully, he moved off campus, but you still have yours truly to thank for the streaking of the shell auditorium. -your welcome by the way

once again, st thomas = awesome

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My wife graduated from there and its a nice small close knit University, you literally know everyone on campus. The architecture is OK, the finished mall and the Chapel look good but those damn priests must have bern hitting the wine when they apporved that ugly garage right next to the Chapel, which blocks the western sun that used to shone through the giant transparent cross on the western wall of the Chapel. Idiots! Also they should plant more oak trees and keep them trimmed. Nothing unifies an urban campus like trees do. But the new dorms are top notch and I applaud them closing the through streets. Its definitely an asset for Houston and hope they can keep growing. You'd be surprised how many out of state students go to UST. That's a plus for Houston.

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Sept. 15, 2006, 3:49PM

The finale

University of St. Thomas unveils drawings for one last Philip Johnson project

By LISA GRAY

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle'

When architect Philip Johnson died in January 2005, he left behind many of Houston's most recognizable buildings

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Sept. 15, 2006, 3:49PM

The finale

University of St. Thomas unveils drawings for one last Philip Johnson project

By LISA GRAY

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle'

When architect Philip Johnson died in January 2005, he left behind many of Houston's most recognizable buildings

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Goes well with the chapel. But, like torvald, I can see it getting vandalized very easily and repeatedly. If the world was more like television, then the cross would keep vandals away. But this is Montrose, not Smallville. People will urinate in the pool. They're hang flyers and spraypaint the base. They'll try to do skateboard tricks on the waterfall, chipping and cracking the stone, and then put a bumper sticker on the cross that reads, "Skateboarding is not a crime."

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But this is Montrose, not Smallville. People will urinate in the pool.

What, people in Smallville don't pee? :D

The Broken Obelisk pool is just a couple of blocks away...and I've never seen anyone urinate in it. Maybe I was just there at the wrong time?

However, I can see people dressed as apes throwing bones at it while blasting Thus Spake Zarathustra.

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st thomas usually has problems near Richmond not Alabama. this piece will add another great work to the university's already stellar architecture.

what st tommy needs to do is tear down that manufacturing plant/cooling plant or whatever on the corner of graustark and richmond. anyone with me?

it could be turned into a great auditorium or gym/tranquil park on the south end of the school

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unfortunately w. alabama has a huge graffiti problem. i ride my

bike to work in the morning and see them around dawn. residents

are very good about removing it but it has gotten much worse over

the past year. i live within a few blocks of this location.

as far as the pool being a public urinal. i can totally see it. there is

more general foot traffic near this location then near the rothko

sculpture pool. the most popular place i have either seen or smelled

bum pee while riding by is behind the metro stop at montrose and w.

alabama, on the st. thomas side.

i have seen a patrol car twice in the past week driving down w.

alabama with their graffiti task force light. they shined it on me as

i was riding by at 6am. i nearly fell off, as i could not see!

other than that the other unusual things on my w. alabama ride in

the past two months... tire tracks along the yards across from the

alabama ice house. the alabama ice house having a CD skipping

on their speakers at 5 in the morning, the two of the large planter

pots outside cierra broken in two with the plant strewn about and

the large marble table in front of the mortuary broken into half and

in pieces...

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they do clean it up but yea the graffiti on the store front just past st thomas has yet to be cleaned. its been there since 2004.

the bum traffic through the area is awesome because of the covenant house down the way on yoakum and hawthorne. st thomas as I have experienced does not really have that much of vagrancy problems because of ust's security force. although, this statuary is at the corner of montrose and alabama hopefully it will remain unscathed.

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they do clean it up but yea the graffiti on the store front just past st thomas has yet to be cleaned. its been there since 2004.

the bum traffic through the area is awesome because of the covenant house down the way on yoakum and hawthorne. st thomas as I have experienced does not really have that much of vagrancy problems because of ust's security force. although, this statuary is at the corner of montrose and alabama hopefully it will remain unscathed.

unfortunately, it is different graffiti, yet has been constant since 2004.

i just made the connection that the monument will be

at the same corner as the bum pee corner i mentioned. :(

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great school or greatest school?

I have to say that I got a great education at UST and really enjoyed the "small school" atmosphere.

Hard to beat when famous artists of the 1960's like Claes Oldenburg, Willem de Kooning, etc. showed up on campus....or you were sitting in Welder Hall next to Michelangelo Antonioni talking about Italian films.....

Class of 1968

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one of the better projects by philip johnson...

"Spencer Street" is often right w/r/t architecture at large

edit: as far as it being a good school is concerned, i'm thinkin it's a bunch of kids playin on their parents dime

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yes st thomas has grown on me. I love being a student and not a number to the administration.

my points still stand though. we need to stop enrolling everybody who applies. merit would be a start.

that post office building on richmond and graustark needs to be captured by the st thomas endowment and revitalized into a new gym, architectural studies, math studies, and a whole lot more. but we should not tear it down (even though renovations would likely cost more) the building is one of a kind. 1925 I believe was the year it was built.

campus involvement needs to be priority no 1 at ust. the speakers and events we have had in this year alone (Aug-present) have been incredible. there has been a stellar academia enrichment this year and it is showing on campus.

what else needs to be done?

ust alums need to start getting involved in the school they graduated from (job opportunities, internships, mentors, and of course the ubiquitous monetary donations)

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Does anyone know what is being built at Alabama and Montrose? I looked on the Linbeck and STU website but could not find an answer.

They have torn down the brick fence on the corner and have put up scaffolding. The base of the structure is cinderblocks.

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If I remember correctly, it is one of Philip Johnson's last projects before he died; a Cross monument addition to the University.

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One of my friends from last year is at St. Thomas.

UST does have a business program. I got my MBA there doing night school. My experience was good but not perfect.

All schools have pros and cons but at the end of the day what really matters is if you had good instructors, if you applied yourself, and whether or not a degree from said insititute will help you get a good paying job.

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well...I'm not in 7th grade but I wish I were (man those were some great times!). you need to lighten up though. I'm sorry you didnt go to st thomas. I know you wish you did, but you didnt. dont take it out on me. gosh!

st thomas = awesome

yeah, whatever.

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Bizjournal article. (paid subscribers only).

"The University of St. Thomas has made an unprecedented purchase to ensure future expansion.

On Feb. 1 the school bought two Montrose-area office buildings and a long-time retail site where the popular Black Labrador Pub has operated for the past 21 years.

The seller was a partnership led by John Hansen of John Hansen Investment Builder, a veteran Houston developer who constructed the office buildings and renovated the retail site dating back to 1945.

It is the largest such acquisition in the university's 60-year history, and the first time St. Thomas has purchased commercial property. The institution is spread over a portion of 19 blocks and bought the adjacent properties in anticipation of future growth. "

The rest of the article says that they bought a 5 story and a 4 story building and plan to use them for faculty, administration and classrooms. They'll honor the existing leases and move in slowly as the leases expire. The Black Labrador is expected to pour beer for another 5-7 years, according to a university official.

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Bizjournal article. (paid subscribers only).

"The University of St. Thomas has made an unprecedented purchase to ensure future expansion.

On Feb. 1 the school bought two Montrose-area office buildings and a long-time retail site where the popular Black Labrador Pub has operated for the past 21 years.

The seller was a partnership led by John Hansen of John Hansen Investment Builder, a veteran Houston developer who constructed the office buildings and renovated the retail site dating back to 1945.

It is the largest such acquisition in the university's 60-year history, and the first time St. Thomas has purchased commercial property. The institution is spread over a portion of 19 blocks and bought the adjacent properties in anticipation of future growth. "

The rest of the article says that they bought a 5 story and a 4 story building and plan to use them for faculty, administation and classrooms. They'll honor the existing leases and move in slowly as the leases expire. The Black Labrador is expected to pour beer for another 5-7 years, according to a university official.

Too bad, if they eventually turn it all into university offices and/or get rid of the black lab. That is one of the nicest pedestrian friendly commercial fronts in Houston. The developers did a great job of incorporating a nice treed streetscape while still providing front parking. When you sit outside at the black lab you feel you could be somewhere else other than Houston.

It was originally a building of the Central Church of Christ (designed by William Ward Watkin). The old church sanctuary is used as the Houston Public Library branch next door. The buildings were converted in the 80's. I think there is an article on it in a very old issue of Cite.

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Bizjournal article. (paid subscribers only).

"The University of St. Thomas has made an unprecedented purchase to ensure future expansion.

On Feb. 1 the school bought two Montrose-area office buildings and a long-time retail site where the popular Black Labrador Pub has operated for the past 21 years.

The seller was a partnership led by John Hansen of John Hansen Investment Builder, a veteran Houston developer who constructed the office buildings and renovated the retail site dating back to 1945.

It is the largest such acquisition in the university's 60-year history, and the first time St. Thomas has purchased commercial property. The institution is spread over a portion of 19 blocks and bought the adjacent properties in anticipation of future growth. "

The rest of the article says that they bought a 5 story and a 4 story building and plan to use them for faculty, administation and classrooms. They'll honor the existing leases and move in slowly as the leases expire. The Black Labrador is expected to pour beer for another 5-7 years, according to a university official.

....Hmmm, I've always wanted to grab a cold one @ the Black Lab, so guess I need to get over there sometime in the near future!

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Do you think they're going to demolish the building totally, or perhaps use it for some other purpose?

I hope they just don't decide to build an entire wall around this thing. That'll be a major bummer.

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i wonder what the library's fate will be?

The library will remain for as long as HPL chooses to use the facility to provide library services from the building. If HPL ever decides to discontinue using the former church building as a library, control/ownership of the facility reverts to the owner - now UST.

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The library will remain for as long as HPL chooses to use the facility to provide library services from the building. If HPL ever decides to discontinue using the former church building as a library, control/ownership of the facility reverts to the owner - now UST.

HPL should not leave the building, then.

I don't see why HPL would want to - Montrose is adding more residents and the Eleanor K. Freed Branch is a nice hangout for Houston's inner city urban crowd.

Now, I do not miss the old Looscan Branch in River Oaks.

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