It must be musty in there: “After staring at this building for years,” a reader writes, “workers were spotted today removing drapes and opening windows!” This photo of what was called the Savoy-Field Hotel was taken from the parking lot on Leeland St. between Main and Travis; the original 1906 Savoy Apartments building stood here, too, before it was declared dangerous and torn down in 2009. You can see a few of those open windows and a pair of Dumpsters, already full with some of the hotel’s innards. Adds the reader: “Move out pigeons!”
The 17-story, 161,376-sq.-ft. hotel sits beside a parking garage that’s still in use. Dating to the 1960s, the pair of them were supposed to accompany an office building that was never built. Meanwhile, there’s a lot of activity going on along these few blocks Downtown: Cranes are rising above Main St. to build SkyHouse Houston, a 24-story, 336-apartment tower; and a vacant building was demolished on that same lot just last month.
- Previously on Swamplot: Downtown SkyHouse Clearing the Ground First, Where Downtown’s New Residential Tower Will Go, Guano with the Wind: Demolishing the Savoy Asbestos Possible, Emergency Demo: The Savoy Hotel’s Final Weekend Stay Downtown, Downtown’s Pigeon Poop Powder Keg Will Not Go Boom
Photos: Allyn West