A plan on the website of Hnedak Bobo Group,
a developer an architecture firm based in Memphis, showcases this rendering of a shiny 38-story residential tower named (for now, anyway) “Houston Luxury Apartments,” standing behind the Texaco Building at 1111 Rusk St.
This view shows the lot bound by Capitol, Fannin, San Jacinto, and Rusk, where the 13-story Texas Company Building — said to be the first major oil company headquarters in Houston — and its add-ons has stood since 1915. The few details Hnedak Bobo mentions indicates that that building would be maintained and renovated into age-appropriate apartments, as well.
And there’s more:
In February 2012, the Houston Chronicle reported that Dallas developer Provident Realty Advisors was throwing around a similar project for the Texaco Building — the scope of which these two new renderings seems to capture. What wasn’t captured then — or in a previous proposal EFO Residential made in 2011, reported by Culturemap — was any mention of a residential highrise.
The rendering directly above shows the addition of a parking garage-garden combo atop an H&M — or some other street-level retailer.
Below: A view of those unmistakable arches at the base of the Texaco Building, seen as though from the south side of Rusk St.:
Hnedak Bobo also mentions that the project will be plugged into the tunnel system.
- Houston Luxury Apartments [Hnedak Bobo Group]
- Construction at old Texaco Building? [HAIF]
- Another plan surfaces for old Texaco building [Houston Chronicle]
- Signs of real estate life: Texaco Building set for royal re-do, new Post Oak tower planned [Culturemap]
Renderings: Hnedak Bobo Group