An entity connected to Kaldis Development is the proud new owner of the Cameron Iron Works complex across the railroad tracks from the shuttered coffee plant on Milby St. And already, the developer — which has a thing for refilling old Houston buildings — is marketing its purchase for lease as The Cameron and promising to renovate it into something that restaurant, bar, and event venue tenants can get in on.
The 1.43-acre property at 711 Milby St. is home to 2 buildings: the 3-story brick one shown above with Cameron’s name set in stone above the main entrance, and a less eye-catching warehouse next-door to it, shown below from the corner of Rusk St.
Both went up in the early 1930s, by which time Cameron was entering its second decade of business. Its bread-and-butter was originally oilfield equipment, but after dabbling in bomb-making during World War II and the Korean War the company ended up with interests in military and aerospace manufacturing, too. Following a series of acquisitions that began in the ’80s, it got folded into Schlumberger in 2016.