Brookfield released a few renderings this morning of the plans to make over One, Two, and Three Allen Centers at the corner of Smith and Dallas streets downtown. The rendering above depicts the new plan for the greenspace between One and Two: to subtract 1 of the 2 second-story skybridges currently running parallel to Smith and add an events venue. The redo plans also include a major street-level change for One Allen Center, depicted above with a 2-story glass lobby running around corner in place of the current largely-bricked-over podium facade.
That tiny neon sign on the left edge of the turn-of-the-decade photo above once marked the location of Don Patron; the quarter-centenarian Tex-Mex lunch spot started to close in February and finished the job in March. The remodel plans swap it out for a higher-end restaurant, which will get some patio space along Smith St:
Here’s another angle on the facade, focused on the Smith-side entrance at the corner with Dallas St.:
And here’s a peek inside along Dallas St., with Heritage Plaza (also owned by Brookfield) visible out the window to the right:
- Reimagining Allen Center [Allen Center]
- Tex-Mex Stalwart in Allen Center Is Closing on Friday [Houston Press]