A number of readers have been asking what’s up with the new construction office set up on the former site of the Robinson’s Warehouse at the southeast corner of Montrose and Allen Parkway. The Aga Khan Foundation bought the low-lying property in 2006 with plans to build another of its Ismaili Centers on it — featuring lecture, conference, and recital facilities, a prayer hall and a social hall, and offices and gardens. Is that building ready to go up?
It doesn’t look like it. In the meantime, the construction office was parked on the property for a different project entirely, across the street: The new Rosemont Bridge, meant to connect the north and south sides of Buffalo Bayou Park. When Mayor White first announced the bridge project in late 2008, it had a different name and a different design. Called Tolerance Bridge, it a featured Moebius-strip-like superstructure that was meant to appear impassable from a distance:
The bridge’s name and design didn’t meet much public acceptance, however. Construction began last month on a simpler version, designed by landscape architecture firm SWA:
Here’s a site plan, rotated so north is up. The construction trailer is just below Allen Parkway, at the bottom:
- The Bridge Formerly Known as Tolerance [OffCite]
- History yields to present on Allen Parkway [Houston Chronicle]
- Officials say ‘Tolerance Bridge’ needs a new name [Houston Chronicle]
- New Buffalo Bayou Bridge Will Encourage Tolerance of Houston [Swamplot]