Last year, the purchase and subsequent demolition of a series of small properties on the half-block surrounded by Westcott, Feagan, and Knox streets in Rice Military piqued the interest of a Swamplot reader, who wondered what would become of the 35,613-sq.-ft. combined parcel immediately south of the Commonwealth Title office building at 550 Westcott St. It turns out the properties’ purchaser, the Oakton Foundation, is connected to the Woodlawn Foundation, a nonprofit that fundraises and funnels funds to projects supported by the Catholic Prelature of Opus Dei. And they’ve decided to use the site for the 4-story Mediterranean style building depicted here. The Westcott Study Center for Men will run Opus Dei programs and house 14 staff residents — just a couple blocks south of the western end of Houston’s best known strip of debauchery, Washington Ave.
But the men at the Westcott Study Center will have other concerns: Programs at the center “will impact people throughout the greater Houston area, and serve activities throughout Texas and the Southwest,” the Woodlawn Foundation website explains. The building will have 2 classrooms to accommodate a total of 70 or so students, a library, a chapel, and several meeting rooms. Its main entrance and parking lot will face Westcott St. It’ll be open every day, and feature day and evening programs.
The Woodlawn Foundation also has plans for a Sheridan Center for Women, near the Texas Medical Center (illustrated below). The combined budget for the buildings is $15 million, of which $9 million has already been raised, according to the website.
- Texas Expansion Campaign to Raise $15 Million For Two New Centers [Woodlawn Foundation]
- Previously on Swamplot: What Will Become of This Rice Military Corner?
Renderings: Woodlawn Foundation