Hunkered down behind a tagged security curtain, a bunker-like commercial building in Midtown’s mid-section popped up on the market overnight with a $585K asking price in a “lot-priced” listing. The corner building of uncertain vintage fronting Fannin St. has a history with commercial printers (and insurance companies), and more recently, shoe repair. Adkins Printing struck an exterior inlay on the building’s forehead (above) that’s still visible behind current signage, as is some faint lettering from its days as the offices of Pound Printing and Stationery. More recent signage attached the building’s blank north side (at right) touts available “stationary,” a spelling more appropriate perhaps to Al’s Handmade Boots, the store now occupying half of the building, than to the location’s printing history.
Cross street McIlhenney has the building’s gated driveway, located at the back of the 6,200-sq.-ft. lot. Adjacent properties include a surface lot on the north for University of Houston’s Small Business Development Center and a 36-unit brick 1934 residential property to the east owned by Houston SRO Housing Corp.
No photos of the 4,900-sq-ft. building’s interior are included with the listing.