Corner views of the 23-story office building Hilcorp has been planning for the now-rubble-filled site of the former Foley’s (and more recently, Macy’s) retail box on Main St. between Lamar and Dallas surfaced on a few websites last week. The drawings of Ziegler Cooper’s design show a glass-faced structure doing the half-podium trick, blending 7-or-so garage levels into the main tower shape on one side, but letting it stick out on the other. That “other” side faces Main St.; on the Travis St. side (pictured above and in the last rendering below), the hide-a-car floors fit into the building’s northwest-facing curve, which pulls back to make room for a vehicle drop-off driveway loop and a couple of corner plazas. But what’s happening on the rail side?
The lines are straighter here. Are those possible retail spaces facing the Main St. Square light rail station? The renderings don’t make it entirely clear what’s meant to go at the base of the Main St. garage stack, but a note on the site plan indicates an eagerness to widen the sidewalk (tellingly labeled a “pedestrian walkway”) if that block of Main St. succeeds in kicking out cars altogether. On top of the garage, there’s a roof terrace closer to Dallas St. and a “multi-purpose room” closer to Lamar.
Meanwhile, standing in for Foley’s window displays, a sizable sculpture-ready plaza at Lamar and Travis will allow panoramic views of the 3 other parking garages already facing that corner.
- Hilcorp’s Super Secret Tower? [Going Up City]
- Macy’s Downtown Redevelopment [HAIF]
- Previously on Swamplot: You Can Watch the Macy’s Implosion, But You Can’t Stand Here, Metro Taking Cover Now that Macy’s Implosion’s Impending, Taking Chunks Out of the Downtown Macy’s, Hilcorp Shows Employees the 20-Story Tower Replacing the Downtown Macy’s, A Few Last Looks at Macy’s,Macy’s Downtown: While Supplies Last!, Mayor Parker Announces the Death Sentence for Downtown Macy’s Building,Macy’s Announces It Will Close Downtown Houston Store, The Mostly Glass Building That Won’t Be Replacing the Downtown Macy’s
Site plan and renderings: Ziegler Cooper Architects