The DWI defense specialist whose enormous “Do Not Blow” billboard presided over Washington Ave early this decade (in the words of the Houston Press) “as the enormous and bespectacled eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg looked out on The Great Gatsby‘s Valley of Ashes,” has just purchased the long-vacant 11,604-sq.-ft. wedge-shaped former car lot at 2019 Washington Ave in the Old Sixth Ward. Attorney Tyler Flood (shown standing his ground on the lot, at left) plans to build a 6,700-sq.-ft. 3-story building on the corner of Washington and Henderson — with a café space on the first floor, lease space on the third floor, and his own law firm on the second. He’s hired Element Architects to design the building, which should look something like this:
Head-in parking would come off of Union St., which pours into Washington just east of the site. An additional 2-car private parking garage will have access from Henderson St. What kind of drinks would be served at the café? “I can’t speak for the future tenant,” Flood tells Swamplot, “but alcohol is allowed.”
Now standing at the western end of the site is the battle-worn but still stylish sign (pictured at top) advertising Lee Wright’s Top Quality Automobiles. Current plans call for the sign to be restored, along with its original lighting — though Flood says the restored version will bear the name of his law firm.
Flood’s billboard (shown at right) — which advertised his website and encouraged possible future clients to add his number to their cell phone in advance of any possible legal troubles — has been gone from the corner of Washington Ave and Sandman for several months now. “I have no plans to put a big gaudy billboard on my new property,” he tells Swamplot.
- Tyler Flood Office – Washington Ave. [Element Architects]
- New Tyler Flood Billboard on Washington Ave [Tyler Flood]
Photos: Tyler Flood. Renderings and site plan: Element Architects