The former Barbara Jordan Post Office campus at 401 Franklin St. is on its way toward a new career (as highlighted by yesterday’s news that trippy music and art festival Day for Night will be hosted on the property this year). The new stage name for the 16-acre planned mixed-use space near Buffalo Bayou isn’t quite set yet — PaperCity says that Lovett has been calling the property Central Post, but an active Facebook account using the name Post HTX (and staking claim to the 401 Franklin address) has been posting photos of the inside and promising updates on progress at the site.
Demo permits for some interior walls were issued back in October after the property’s summertime sale last year. Those concrete fins on the outside of the post office’s Franklin-facing midrise section are creating the stripy light pattern visible in the interior shot up top; here’s more of Post HTX’s photos of the building, pre-redo:
Here’s a higher angle on the building from the southeast across Franklin, looking out over the wider, flatter main section of the building, toward the Tennison Lofts (far left) and the junction of 45 and I-10:
Lovett Commercial’s website also shows the property highlighted in place in red at the northern edge of its downtown environs (and calls it only Upper Downtown Houston Post Office):
- Post HTX [Facebook]
- Previously on Swamplot: Free Press Houston To Ship Day for Night to the Former Downtown Post Office; Downtown Barbara Jordan Post Office on Franklin St. Will Close Forever on May 15th; Replacement for Houston’s Shuttering Downtown Post Office Is Actually Somewhat Close to Downtown; USPS Moving P.O. Boxes to Midtown Ahead of Sale and Demolition of Downtown Post Office; Post Office Sales: Never Mind; For Sale: Downtown Post Office Box
Photos: CBRE (2nd), Lovett Commercial (bottom), Post HTX (all others)