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Swamplot Archives by Tag: Museum District
Thursday, May 23, 2013
May 23, 2013 – 11:10 am
That excavator first rolled out here on La Branch and Binz last summer — and 11 months later this is how the site looks: Catty-corner from the Children’s Museum, the Museum Point Professional Building appears to be all but complete. The 4-story building at 1401 Binz was originally planned to be 30,000-sq.-ft., with retail on the first floor, a clinic and offices on the middle floors, and some kind of residence (“with a garden terrace”) up top. A 160-car parking garage was also planned.
11:10 am | | Read more about Medical Buildings, Mixed Use, Neighborhoods: Museum District, Office Space, RetailRead more about: 77004, Medical Buildings, Mixed Use, Museum District, Office Space, Retail
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013 – 11:30 am
This is what Hermann Park says it would like to look like when it turns 100 next year: This drawing of Centennial Gardens from Chicago landscape architecture firm Hoerr Schaudt shows the blossoming of the current 15-acre Garden Center that’s between the museums and golf course along Hermann Dr. Looking forward to its centennial in 2014, the park conservancy has also recruited Peter Bohlin, the architect behind the Highland Village Apple Store, to design a new entrance:
11:30 am | | Read more about Neighborhoods: Hermann Park, Neighborhoods: Museum District, Parks, Proposed DevelopmentsRead more about: 77030, Gardens, Hermann Park, Landscaping, Museum District, Parks, Proposed Developments, Public Space
Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
May 9, 2013 – 4:30 pm
There sure have been some conflicting reports coming in lately about Gramercy Place. Since the old apartments on the 200 block of Portland St. behind the Museum Tower were sold last month to an LLC controlled by Hungry’s Cafe and Bistro owner Fred Sharifi, we first heard that they’d be torn down and replaced by 2 midrise residential towers. Around that same time, it seems, a real estate agent was sending a letter to Gramercy Place tenants claiming something similar and offering to help everyone find a new place to live.
4:30 pm | | Read more about Apartments, Demolitions, Neighborhoods: Museum District, Proposed DevelopmentsRead more about: 77006, Apartments, Cotswold Court, Demolitions, Museum District, Proposed Developments
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
April 22, 2013 – 3:00 pm
Note: Read an update to this story here.
What’s left of the Gramercy Place apartments on the 200 block of Portland St. were sold this month. A few of the apartment buildings, which date to 1935, were torn down before being replaced in 2002 by the Museum Tower on Montrose. Now, the seller’s agent says that the remaining 5 buildings and 31 units that records show have been owned for the past 15 years by an entity controlled by Rebecca Parsons were closed on two weeks ago.
And the buyer? The seller’s agent wouldn’t say. But a Swamplot reader with knowledge of the transaction shares a document and some rumors that suggest the buyer is an LLC presided over by Hungry’s Cafe and Bistro owner Fred Sharifi. And the document states an intent to smash the rest of the apartments and put up “residential rental midrise buildings.”
3:00 pm | | Read more about Apartments, Buying and Selling, Neighborhoods: Museum District, Proposed Developments, Real Estate InvestingRead more about: 77006, Apartments, Buying and Selling, Cotswold Court, Museum District, Proposed Developments, Real Estate Investing
Monday, April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013 – 1:00 pm
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Friday, February 22, 2013
February 22, 2013 – 12:00 pm
The old Warwick — now Hotel ZaZa — provided one of the most beautiful views in the world, as far as Bob Hope was concerned, but that was long before photos of the Main St. hotel’s Room 322 showed up on Reddit. User joelikesmusic started a thread on Monday in which the room — booked for a colleague by mistake, apparently — is described as a “goth dungeon closet.” And the photos do reveal the room’s peculiar decor:
Friday, February 15, 2013
February 15, 2013 – 4:08 pm
Ah, Friday: Why not take a stroll down Binz St. in the Museum District and have a look at what’s going on? Let’s head east from here: the corner of La Branch and Binz, near the Children’s Museum.
Our guide, Swamplot reader David Hollas, provides the photos and the observations:
4:08 pm | | Read more about Apartments, Commercial Real Estate, Construction Materials, Land Development, Medical Buildings, Mixed Use, Neighborhoods: Museum District, New Construction, Office Buildings, Photography, Proposed Developments, Renovations, Retail, Senior Living, StreetsRead more about: 77004, Apartments, Commercial Real Estate, Construction Materials, Lots, Medical Buildings, Museum District, New Construction, Office Buildings, Photography, Retail, Senior Living, Street
Thursday, December 20, 2012
December 20, 2012 – 3:50 pm
Seen any images floating around of the new building Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts is planning for the northwest corner of the Bissonnet and South Main, next to the Cullen Sculpture Garden? Well then, this watercolor-and-charcoal “concept sketch” for the building by architect Steven Holl from a year and a month ago may interest you. It’s going up for auction tomorrow — as part of a fundraiser for the nonprofit Architecture for Humanity. Holl was selected from a group of 3 finalists this past February, beating out LA design firm Morphosis and Oslo’s Snøhetta for the MFAH commission of a new structure to house 20th- and 21st-century art.
3:50 pm | | Read more about Institutional Buildings, Neighborhoods: Museum District, Proposed DevelopmentsRead more about: 77005, Auctions, Design Competitions, Institutional Buildings, Museum District, Museums, Proposed Developments, Steven Holl
Thursday, October 18, 2012
October 18, 2012 – 4:43 pm
Arquitectonica’s row of contemporary townhomes has punched up a mixed-residential block in the Museum District since 1986. Remodeled in 2004, this tower-tipped end unit’s natural lighting gets a boost from a tented skylight in the roofline ridge (at right), framed-in-color glass brick accents, and expanded east-facing windows on two levels.
The property popped onto the market Tuesday, priced at $446,000. It’s been for sale before, with no luck — most recently a little more than a year ago. Back in February 2010, under a different broker from the same agency, it sported an asking price of $650,000; several reductions and 18 months later, the listing expired last September at $495,000.
Monday, October 15, 2012
October 15, 2012 – 1:26 pm
For the home she’s building for her family on Banks St., on the former site of a carefully disassembled Ranch house in Ranch Estates, architect Karen Lantz tried to make sure every product was made in the United States. But the breaking point came with cabinet hardware, Mimi Swartz writes: “‘This one?’ Lantz said, picking up the pull on the left and turning it over for my inspection. ‘From Italy. Nine dollars.’ She picked up the one on her right. ‘This one?’ She paused. ‘China. Four dollars.’ The U.S.-made pull that was closest to what she wanted cost $72. She called company after company trying to do better. When she asked why the American pulls cost so much more than those made overseas, the answers ranged from ‘We make them here’ to ‘It’s a classic.’”
1:26 pm | | Read more about Construction Materials, Neighborhoods: Museum District, Neighborhoods: Ranch Estates, New ConstructionRead more about: 77006, Construction Materials, Houston Architects, Museum District, New Construction, Ranch Estates
Monday, August 27, 2012
August 27, 2012 – 10:27 am
Pick a path. Each leads to this duplex-turned-single-family residence in Southmore, but only the left fork heads to its front entry. The 1930 home is on a street of octogenarian 2-unit houses and newer 3-story townhomes just north of Southmore Blvd. in the Museum District’s transforming hinterlands. This newly listed two-for-one is asking $395,000.
Since the reworked interior retains much of the original floor plan and features, the home’s next owner might want to undo the conversion. Or not: