Here’s a glimpse of what 317 W. 19th St. might look like with a roof over its head for the first time in a few decades and something inside that presumably isn’t junk. An entity connected to the next-door Maryam’s Cafe bought the 6,600-sq.-ft. lot in February. Shortly after, all the odds and ends that once kept it occupied vanished.
Gone as well: the sheet-metal facade that shielded them from the public eye. But not entirley:
The new paneled windows that now appear along the imagined building have it looking more like Manready Mercantile (pictured below directly to the west) than Maryam’s Cafe (east).
Like both its neighbors, the structure — pending the planning commission’s blessing this Thursday — would sit right up the property line.
But with some empty space left along its front face, allowing bikes and window shoppers to take cover:
- Previously on Swamplot: There’s Now a Gap on 19th St. in the Heights Where That Open-Air Non-Building Once Stood
Photos: Roy Olson (first); Adam Brackman (second); Manready Mercantile (third). Renderings: Houston Planning Commission Agenda