Note: Story updated below. And read more here.
Here’s a map from the city showing which streets will be closed Downtown this Sunday morning for the controlled demolition of the 10-story, 791,000-sq.-ft. former Foley’s and Macy’s. Unfortunately, the closures appear to hinder access to the best views of the falling 1947 Kenneth Franzheim-designed shopping box. In fact, the Houston Chronicle cites a fire department press release that might frustrate any interested parties: “[T]here will be no ‘safe viewing site lines’ to observe the implosion.”
Still, a lively discussion about this topic is happening on HAIF, whose users are posting photos of the Macy’s “death mask” (above) and scheming about alternative site lines.
Below: Another photo of the Travis St. side, threaded by cables that are meant to help the thing fall inward.
Swamplot previously reported that the implosion would happen at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday; other reports have it beginning closer to 7:10, or “10 minutes after sunrise.” We’ll update this story when we have more information.
Update: 2:15 p.m., Friday: A rep from Metro confirms that the demo will begin between 7:10 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. Sunday.
- Weekend implosion of downtown Houston Macy’s to be off limits [Houston Chronicle]
- Macy’s Downtown Redevelopment [HAIF]
- Previously on Swamplot: Metro Taking Cover Now that Macy’s Implosion’s Impending, Taking Chunks Out of the Downtown Macy’s, Hilcorp Shows Employees the 20-Story Tower Replacing the Downtown Macy’s, A Few Last Looks at Macy’s, Macy’s Downtown: While Supplies Last!, Mayor Parker Announces the Death Sentence for Downtown Macy’s Building, Macy’s Announces It Will Close Downtown Houston Store, The Mostly Glass Building That Won’t Be Replacing the Downtown Macy’s