Courtyard on St. James Place Wedding Venue To Be Replaced By PoMo Office Wedding Cake

Rendering of Proposed Office Building at 1885 St. James Place, Houston

Wedding, Courtyard on St. James Place, 1885 St. James Pl., HoustonThis striped confection is what developers are planning to put in place of the Courtyard on St. James Place, an ivy-bedecked wedding venue beloved — or at least remembered — by hundreds of Houston spouses and divorcees and tucked into the southwest corner of the office-building complex near the corner of San Felipe and Yorktown, northwest of the Galleria. Though the rendering doesn’t reveal much about the surfaces planned for the new structure, a comment from Jones Lang Lasalle’s Chris Decker, in charge of marketing the 13-story office building, says that “upper-level floors will feature exterior balconies and decorative masonry that will complement the sophisticated look of the limestone aggregate block window wall.” A colleague refers to it as a “niche-type jewel.” The 135,000-sq.-ft collection of offices — with what appears to be an attached 2-story segment modeled after a smaller groom’s cake — will sit on top of a parking-garage-podium base.

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Wedding, Courtyard on St. James Place, 1885 St. James Pl., Houston

The 25-year-old 23,000-sq.-ft. events center, covered with ivy and memorialized in hundreds of thousands of mostly context-free closeups in thousands of treasured or shelved wedding albums, has already shut down. Nelson Murphree Legacy Partners bought the property in September, and is developing the project with help from Jackson & Ryan Architects and Tellepsen Builders. Marketing materials refer to the development at 1885 St. James Pl. — which will be called 1885 St. James Place — as part of San Felipe Green.

Rendering: Jackson & Ryan Architects. Photos: Farrah A. and Rusty B.

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