After more than 2 decades of abandonment, the Melrose Building at 1121 Walker is getting some TLC: a total makeover as part of conversion of the building to a Le Meridien hotel. Permits were issued the week of Thanksgiving to begin a complete overhaul of the interior; the exterior will receive an update as well.
The remodel will attempt to restore the youthful good looks of Houston’s oldest Modern skyscraper — as shown in the rendering below, the renovation will bring back the building’s original color scheme:
The turquoise ceramic tiles beneath the windows were covered up by colored aluminum panels in 1969. Some of those original tiles can already be spotted in a few places where the panels are missing:
The Melrose building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in September; the architects, Hermon Lloyd and W. B. Morgan, later worked on the Astrodome with Wilson, Morris, Crane & Anderson.
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