Downtown’s Preeminent Dilapidated Hotel Tower Now Outfitted To Greet I-45ers with New Nametags, Fewer Window Panes

Former Holiday Inn, Days Inn, and Heaven on Earth Plaza Hotel, 801 St. Joseph Pkwy. at Travis St., Downtown Houston

Artist and regular neck craner Bob Russell took a moment this week to capture the various works currently on display to Pierce Elevated drivers on the south side of the 30-story highrise at 801 Saint Joseph Pkwy. (former host of a variety of hotels and Vedic teaching initiatives before the building entered its more recent era of abandonment and creeping decrepitude). The uptick in broken windows in the last few months doesn’t appear to have much of a connection to the most recent plans for the stripping and remodeling of the building back into some flavor of hotel, as proposed this time around by SFK Development. As far as other signs of change, the name scrawled across the facade’s central panels has been edited since another tipster’s drive-by back in February:

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Former Holiday Inn, Days Inn, and Heaven on Earth Plaza Hotel, 801 St. Joseph Pkwy. at Travis St., Downtown Houston

Former Holiday Inn, Days Inn, and Heaven on Earth Plaza Hotel, 801 St. Joseph Pkwy. at Travis St., Downtown Houston

Photos: Bob Russell (top), Swamplot inbox (bottom 2)

4 Comment

  • Would make a great large scale crossword puzzle. Let’s get someone on that!

  • Teardown!!

  • There are many things that annoy me about Houston (bad air, bad sidewalks, bad roads, bubba trucks – it’s actually a really long list that’s best left to Twitter) but THIS building is probably in the Top 5. It’s like a black eye on the city and I don’t understand how the city hasn’t demanded SOMEONE – current owner or otherwise – demolish this horrible thing in the sake of making Houston better. This space would serve the city’s residents and workers better as an open lot with green space.

  • I check on it from time to time, as of last week the crews that were working on it look like they have bailed, there still is a junk container on one side but all the workers and gear are gone, the gate to the parking garage has been pushed in what looks like a car rammed it at an apartment complex or something, same old story someone had a vision, and quickly once they got in there, realized it was a dead end street, it really does just need to be demolished.