Main Street and its rail line lie 6 floors below this lofty condo unit within a converted 1908 downtown office and retail property. The unit has a grilled-out balcony right across from the limestone frieze of the former-but-still-formidable Gulf Building, a 1929 skyscraper that’s now the J.P. Morgan Chase building. Architect Alfred C. Finn designed both buildings.
Electronically controlled curtains currently cover (and reveal) the triple windows found in the living room and sole bedroom (just visible through a wedge of wall left open between them):
On one side, an exposed brick wall contrasts with modern conduits below and between the beams of the 11-ft. ceiling.
Appliances in the granite-and-stainless-steel kitchen are electric:
Condo units in the building range in size from 900 sq. ft. to 2,000 sq. ft. This one has 1,170-sq.ft.; it’s a 1 bedroom with a bath and a half.
Natural light comes from the street-facing windows at one end of the unit; frosted glass panels and glass-brick walls are supposed to extend available rays into the unit’s windowless core — part of which contains the full bathroom:
The balcony perches slightly over the sidewalk and has views north (above) and south (below) along the urban canyon formed by Main St.’s office buildings:
Originally built as the M.E. Foster Building, the 10-story office and retail “tower” was briefly the tallest in Houston. Renovations in the mid-1980s gutted the interior and added a glass-and-granite curtain wall to the exterior. In 1998, the building was purchased and repurposed as the Capitol Lofts. It’s right next to the granite-fronted St. Germain Lofts:
One of the middle-of-the-block building’s street-level arches (above) caps the lobby’s entrance (below):
Two elevators serve the 10 stories. The original iron staircase runs between floors 3 and 10.
Residents share a stark rooftop terrace . . .
. . . and a just-do-it fitness room on the second floor:
The unit, number 601, listed last week at $242,500. It comes with 1 assigned underground parking space and carries a $650 monthly maintenance fee. A slightly larger unit is also for sale in the building.