Next Saturday, Houston’s historic commission is set to consider a request that new old signage be installed on the former Gibbs Boats building at 1110 W. Gray as part of the renovation to turn it into a new shopping center dubbed Rêve Montrose. The QUALITY LAUNDRY lettering is a nod to the 1936 structure’s original tenant — pictured above — which turned the place over to Gibbs in 1958. According to the rendering above, the replica sign and accompanying pyramidal support structure are set to be installed in the same location as the originals.
Since the Oxberry Group announced its redo plan for the building in March, some of its W. Gray façade has been scratched off, revealing traces of the original brick underneath where the G in Gibbs used to front the street:
Other changes slated for the building where Gibbs jumped ship 4 years ago: the re-placement of its fin-like art deco parapet above the W. Gray entrance, replacement of its shed-roofed portion nearest to Montrose Blvd. with a patio, the addition of a clock tower between existing 1- and 2-story sections of the structure, and the tacking-on of an extra retail portion in the former boatyard at the north end of the property.
- Previously on Swamplot: Gibbs Boathouse Redo Will Welcome Restaurants, Retail, Deck Seating Aboard the Corner of W. Gray and Montrose; Gibbs Boats on West Gray and Montrose Is Selling Everything Now