Hines has confirmed that it’s considering a 20- or 22-story apartment tower for this block in the Museum District. This photo shows the corner of Oakdale and Caroline St., across from the Asia Society Texas Center and a recently cleared corner lot that wouldn’t sell to the Asia Society Texas Center. A source tells Swamplot that 3 of the 4 properties on this block bound by Caroline, San Jacinto, Oakdale, and Southmore have sold to Hines, and that Hines will take those over on July 1.
And what are those properties? The ones that would be demolished, that is? It appears that one of them is 5212 Caroline, one of 4 buildings (as that directory indicates) in a Tetris-like apartment complex on the southeast corner of the block. The photo immediately above is taken from a spot as though above the “cy” in “Emergency Contact,” facing the courtyard.
And this is the view looking down Oakdale toward San Jacinto:
That’s a lot of oaks. Further south across Oakdale (or to the left in the photo immediately above) is the Clayton House. Turning right from Oakdale to San Jacinto, you can see even more shade and how close the light rail runs:
Heading north on San Jacinto toward Southmore, you can see what appears to be a vacant house that county records indicate dates to 1919. It was most recently used as an institute for the science of eyelash extension:
A day watchman appears to be napping on the job in the house’s gazebo:
Below: This house at Caroline and Southmore, catty-corner from the Asia Society’s parking lot, seems to be the lone holdout. Another source speculates to Swamplot that Hines might build around the house if it continues to refuse to sell.
- A 20-plus story luxury apartment tower could be rising next to Asia Society Texas Center [Culturemap]
- Previously on Swamplot: Hines Buying Up Museum District Property To Build Highrise Apartments, What’s Next for That Museum District Never-Was?, A Look Around San Felipe at the Randall Davis Condos and Planned Hines Office Building Site, Hines Plans a Shiny New 18-Story Office Building Across San Felipe from River Oaks, Hines Replacing Cafe Adobe With Apartment Building — Just Not This One, Yoshio Taniguchi’s New Asia Society Texas Center: The Full Photo Preview Tour
Photos: Allyn West