A shiny new cistern is now in place at the former Sunset Coffee building at Allen’s Landing, which Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Houston First have been redeveloping into an office-topped boat-and-bike-rental spot. The 1910 coffee roasting facility has once again donned walls after moving past a Summer 2014 minimalist phase, and is currently decked out in a muted Café du Monde orange.
The no-longer-see-through structure is back to limiting the view from the Harris County Jail across the bayou (visible on the far right, above). A set of stairs are in place alongside the new cistern, along with railings around what appears to be the planned rooftop terrace.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership purchased the building with an eye toward preservation back in 2003; Houston First will take ownership of the building when reconstruction wraps up (which was originally planned for late 2015). BBP’s plans for the park at Allen’s Landing (where the Allen Brothers came ashore to prove that shipping vessels could travel up Buffalo Bayou as they’d been promising) also included a westward expansion along the bayou’s south bank toward Sesquicentennial Park.
- Sunset Coffee Building [Buffalo Bayou Partnership]
- Our Vision [Buffalo Bayou Partnership]
- Previously on Swamplot: Looking Through the Complete Renovation of the Sunset Coffee Building at Allen’s Landing; Historic International Coffee Company Building Downtown To Begin Serving Kayaks
Photo: Adam Williams