Just a few blocks down the street from that River Oaks Shopping Center highrise site, a reader checks in this week on the French-esque midrise apartment complex that’s been slowly coming together at 1916 W. Gray St. The Houston Ballet’s converted clothing factory headquarters made a grand exit from the site back in the pre-oil-bust days; since then the project has been rechristened from Graybelle to Le Palais, and this sketchy view of a facade has been circulated by the developers:
The structure’s gauzy costuming, which shows up on the back of the complex on Bell St. as well, makes it difficult to see how closely the sketch and early plans square with the final design. The rendering doesn’t include the building’s gargoyle-spangled Randall Davis condo neighbor to the west, either, nor the urgent care center across the street:
- Previously on Swamplot: Dramatic Final Moments of the Houston Ballet on West Gray; The Apartments Taking the Place of the Houston Ballet on West Gray
Photos: Jonathan C.