Flood-Damaged Buildings Downtown: The List So Far

City Hall, the City Hall Annex, the Bayou Lofts, Market Square Tower, The Rice (formerly the Rice Hotel), Hogg Palace, the Theater District and Tranquillity Park parking garages, Bayou Place, the Downtown Aquarium, the Houston Ballet Center, the Wortham Theater Center, Jones Hall, the Alley Theatre, the Hobby Center, and the some of the historic homes in Sam Houston Park are all buildings that were damaged in some way by floodwaters rolling in after Hurricane Harvey’s days-long assault on the city, according to a statement released by the Downtown District today. Damage mostly came from water pouring into first-level or basement spaces, though the building at 1415 Fannin St. did catch on fire.

High water flowed to Downtown’s low points, to the north and west — primarily in the Warehouse, Historic, and Theater Districts. How did the tunnels fare? Only sections adjacent to the Theater District and Civic Center garages were damaged, according to the district.

Other structures that took on water: The Spaghetti Warehouse, the new AIA Houston offices under construction across from that restaurant on Commerce St., the Sunset Coffee Building, the Dakota Lofts, and the Cotton Exchange Building on Travis St. Here’s the complete list (with addresses):


  • Spaghetti Warehouse, 901 Commerce
  • Sunset Coffee Building, 1019 Commerce
  • 800 Commerce, law offices
  • AIA Houston (under construction), 900 Commerce
  • One Main and Student Life buildings, University of Houston–Downtown
  • Willow Street Pump Station, University of Houston Downtown
  • Dakota Lofts, 711 William
  • mArchitects, 1206 Nance
  • Oxheart/Theodore Rex (under construction), 1302 Nance
  • Cotton Exchange Building, 202 Travis
  • Bayou Lofts, 915 Franklin
  • The Rice, 909 Texas
  • Market Square Tower
  • Hogg Palace, 401 Louisiana
  • Chase Motor Bank, 212 Milam
  • Magnolia Ballroom, 715 Franklin
  • Theater District and Tranquillity Garages
  • Bayou Place
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston
  • Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas
  • Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana
  • Alley Theatre, 615 Texas
  • Hobby Center, 800 Bagby
  • City Hall and City Hall Annex
  • Sam Houston Park/Historic Homes
  • 1415 Fannin (fire damage)

Photos: Kelsie H. Dos Santos

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