New Seafarers International Union Hall Laying Foundations on Former Second Ward Cement Facility

Future Seafarers International Union Hall, 501 N. York St., Second Ward, Houston, 77003

A reader shipped over these shots of the new Seafarers International Union Hall under construction at 501 N. York St., just south of the crossing of Buffalo Bayou (and of the name change to Hirsch Rd.). An entity called Seafarer’s Building Corporation bought the land from the Buffalo Bayou Partnership in March of last year; the bayou folks snagged it in 2001 from construction materials producer Lafarge, which acquired it as a General Portland cement facility in 1989. The property sits a block down N. York from bayou-side Tony Marron Park, itself immediately upstream of the Dan-Loc Group machining plant.

A close-up of the rendering posted at the job site at the corner with Freund St. shows an access ramp stretching along the N. York side of the property, as well as what appears to be a partially covered upstairs patio:


Future Seafarers International Union Hall, 501 N. York St., Second Ward, Houston, 77003

The building is being designed and constructed by Way Tech, whose past projects have include the $3-million cafeteria redo at Johnson Space Center, as well as offices for the International Longshoreman’s Association and the Galveston branch of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Photos: Swamplot inbox


Coming Together on N. York St.

6 Comment

  • Union? What’s a union?

  • Union is that thing that put GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and that thing that will put City of Houston into bankruptcy due to untenable pensions, and that thing that makes teachers in failing schools un-fireable.

  • That would’ve been a nice site for some 4 story townhouses with bayou views. That north-of-Navigation (NoNa?) has so much potential with the little hills and watery views. Buffalo Bayou Partnership will likely make substantial profits to apply elsewhere.

  • You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.

  • That artist rendering looks pretty classy – and for a union hall to boot. The building could be at home in the Midtown area near that MATCH complex but it is nice to see the Navigation area get some love.
    I love the smell of the Ship Channel in the morning.

  • Trying to figure out how to make a seamen joke that will get through the filter…giving up instead.