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.
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