Welcome to the new Houston Club: this rendering shows Gensler’s renovation plans for the lobby near the top of the 50-story One Shell Plaza, where the city’s oldest social club is merging with the not-as-old Plaza Club and moving in. Since 1955, the club met at 811 Rusk (shown at right); but Skansksa bought the 18-story building last year, hastening the move. Swamplot reported in early January that much of 811 Rusk’s contents are being auctioned off tomorrow — the less club members will have to drag up 49 floors to their new fancy digs:
Gensler tells the Houston Business Journal that the new space will be only about 15,000 sq. ft., a fraction of what the Club enjoyed at 811 Rusk. This rendering shows the Magnolia Room, a dining area:
From dinner to Allen’s Landing, a bar where members have exclusive access to a telescope:
Houston Business Journal reports that the renovations will cost around $3.5 million; the first round should be done this spring, with everything good to go by the start of next September. Here’s the floor plan:
- A sneak peek inside the new Houston Club [Houston Business Journal]
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Images: Houston Business Journal