A line of orange plastic barricades is now artfully wrapped around the base of the former Houston Chronicle headquarters at 801 Texas Ave., as is some construction fencing. Hines purchased the property last fall and is preparing to demolish the structure, which is actually an amalgamation of several slightly misaligned buildings wrapped up behind a single 1960s-or-so facade. The shot above looks down Texas Ave. from the corner with Travis St., with Calpine Center looming in the background between Milam and Louisiana.
Hines hasn’t said what it plans to do with the land in the long run, yet, and the company has other projects in progress at the moment — a block away on Main St., Hines’s 48-story 609 Main office tower is still under construction.
The Chronicle staff finished clearing out of the building around the end of February; operations have moved over to the former Houston Post headquarters at 59 just inside the West Loop. Gensler’s recent redo of the campus brightened up the Brutalist building that faces the Southwest Fwy. by cutting some windows into the front.
- Downtown offices to be demolished [HBJ]
- Previously on Swamplot: Slicing a Window into the Houston Chronicle’s Brutal Freeway-Side Headquarters-To-Be; Behold the Revived Brutal Beauty of the New Freeway-Side Houston Chronicle Headquarters; Houston Chronicle Building Goes on Sale Tomorrow, the Chronicle Reports; Houston Chronicle Complex Downtown Going on Sale — A Year or 2 Too Late?; The Houston Chronicle Will Abandon Downtown for This Freeway-Side Post-Brutalist Bunker