The first act of construction of the new downtown facilities for the High School for Performing and Visual Arts featured an extended solo by a lone excavator supported by a small cluster of white vehicles, per photos of the site released yesterday. Work on the former parking lot bounded by Austin, Capitol, Caroline, and Rusk streets got the go-ahead in late February now that some budget issues are settled, according to HISD.
Here’s a ground-level shot that introduces a few more characters to the production — in this scene, the Excavator meets with the Man in Yellow, as a Blue Semi observes in stony silence:
Behind them, the Great Southwest Building at 1314 Texas Ave. contemplates its Petroleum Building past and possible residential future. The 1927 building was developed by J. S. Cullinan of the Texas Company (which became Texaco in 1959) to house a variety of oil companies’ operations; plans from Dallas-based Todd Interests are currently in the works to preserve the skyscraper’s Mesoamerican-themed Art Deco exterior and redevelop the interior as apartments.
And here’s another rendering of what the space will look like by opening night, if the $80-million project wraps up in late 2018 as expected:
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