The lights are coming back on inside the old Huston’s Drugs at 2119 Washington Ave.: Long for sale, the stout mid-century building was purchased at the end of December by Houston-based artist Chris Bramel, who tells Swamplot he is renovating the interior that’s still partially stocked with apothecary bottles and swivel-stools lined up in front of an old soda fountain into an art gallery, shared studio space, and apartment for himself.
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Yesterday, Bramel says, he was knocking down the walls of former exam rooms inside the building and filling up the Dumpster pictured above; he hopes to move in by April and throw a gallery opening by early May. The 2,528-sq.-ft. freestanding building sits on a 4,358-sq.-ft. lot bound on the west by Hemphill and south by Union. It’s a few blocks northeast of Glenwood Cemetery, catty-corner from the Salvation Army Family Store, and next door to Catalina Coffee.
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Photos: Allyn West