Architects of grocery stores, townhouses, and adaptively reused kayak rental places Lake Flato are now trying their hands at Houston park pavilions. These renderings appeared on the San Antonio firm’s blog late last week, giving an early look at some of the stuff planned for Evelyn’s Park. The park has been in the works since 2009, or so; Teas Nursery had operated on this corner of Newcastle St. and Bellaire Blvd., just inside the Loop, for about 100 years before that.
Once expected to be developed by homebuilders, the 5-acre property at 4400 Bellaire Blvd. was sold by the family of John Teas in late 2011 to brothers Jerry and Bo Rubenstein, who deeded the land back to Bellaire in order to create a park in memory of their mother. The park’s plan — developed with SWA Group (which came up with the master plan) and the park’s eponymous conservancy — shows a butterfly garden, dog run, and more than a few places to hang out:
That cafe, outfitted with Lake Flato’s usual palette of wood slats, crawling vines, metal roofing, and outdoor seating, is connected to the park’s event building and event lawn and main parking lot, all accessible via Newcastle.
Also accessible via Newcastle is this community building, which appears as a bit of a head-scratcher in the rendering immediately below; at any rate, it leads out to a manmade lake:
Which, of course, will have its own pavilion:
On the Bellaire Blvd. side of things, though, is this swooping “Trevillion”:
- Bellaire’s Front Yard [Evelyn's Park]
- Digital Pinup: Evelyn’s Park [Lake Flato Dog Run Blog]
- Previously on Swamplot: Teas Nursery Buyers: We Did It for Mom; Setting Up a New Public Park Thing at the Former Teas Nursery; John Teas, 1934-2009; First They’ll Need To Clear Out All That Vegetation That’s in the Way; Teas Nursery: Not for Homebuilders; Lake Flato’s East Downtown Townhouses; Historic International Coffee Company Building Downtown To Begin Serving Kayaks; A Tour of the Lake Flato-Designed H-E-B Montrose Market, Open Today
Images: Lake Flato Architects