A segmentÂ of theÂ Heights Waterworks propertiesÂ at 20th and Nicholson St.Â should be making its way into the hands of Braun Enterprises later this year, Katherine Feser reports this morning in the Chronicle. Building on Houston’sÂ budding tradition of high profile redevelopment of decommissioned water storage tanks, the company will be turning the handful of pump station and reservoir structures on the block southeast of 20th and Nicholson into a handful of restaurants and bars, catty-corner from Alliance’s planned apartments.
One of the features called outÂ in the city’s 2015 declaration of the property as aÂ protected landmarkÂ was the “unusual grass roof” atop the reservoir itself; Tipps Architecture’s design for the structure’s redevelopment shows some grass in place on a rooftop patio, as well as a 3-story glassy extensionÂ protruding from the eastÂ face of the 2-story building. Other views of the complex show a lawn in between the building labeled Heights Tap & Bar above and the pumphouse to the south:
VariousÂ infrastructural accoutermentsÂ are given prominent sculptural positions among the walkways and landscaping; it’s unclear whether theÂ cage-topped pole sticking out ofÂ the building to the right below is an augmentation of or replacement forÂ what’s currentlyÂ sticking up out of the building:
The side of the pumphouse facing south toward 19th St. is also shown with a patio area spanning toward what appears to be a new building, also marked up for restaurant use:
- Heights Waterworks Plan Now Includes Retail [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot:Â Heights Waterworks Work Could be Paired with Chase Bank Sale Chaser;Â City-Wide Drainage SWAT Team Possibly Bankrolled By Heights Waterworks Sale;Â Apartment Developer Alliance Ready To Buy Landmarked Heights Waterworks Land
Images:Â Tipps Architecture