With this latest photo dispatch from the southeast corner of Milam and Prairie, Swamplot reader Brie Kelman adds the latest chapter to her ongoing chronicle of the disappearance of the former Houston Chronicle headquarters complex from Downtown. In the month since her last report, 4 or more stories have been taken down from the structure facing Prairie St.; there’s now just a single story left. Not even a complete story, even. Just a few scenes:
These pix were taken last night at 6 p.m. The newspaper’s complex at 801 Texas Ave. consisted of several connected structures.
- Previously on Swamplot: Linbeck Digging In by Market Square as the Chronicle Building Comes Down Next Door; Houston Chronicle Building Opens Up To Passers-By During Downtown Breakdown; Still Life of Downtown Chronicle Building Rubble, and Other Masterworks of Deconstruction; Best Demolition: The 2016 Official Ballot; Lawsuit-Limboed Chronicle Building Now Dressing in Black, Slowly Going to Pieces Downtown; Former Chronicle Building Tunnel Back Open During Demo Limbo; Digging Into the Downtown Tunnel Tussle That Spurred the Hines-Hearst Lawsuit; Hines and Hearst Get Sued Over Planned Demo of Former Houston Chronicle Building
Photos: Brie Kelman
Not pictured is the giant trench they dug in Prairie (and covered with metal plates) in order to put in a tunnel between the Chronicle block and the under-construction One Market Square garage.
ah, but that’s a different story . . .
That building was a hulking beast. Six months to chew away at it and there’s part still left. I’m sure there was more concrete in used that thing than in the rest of Houston combined.
Still amazing to me that the dirt was worth enough to buy this building and demo it.
Tear down the other one too.
I appreciate this story to let me know what is happening in downtown Houston. I grew up in Houston in the 50’s and 60’s and watched it’s magnificent skyline become a reality. I am proud of it. Downtown streets are wide and the city has always done a good job of allowing downtown workers a swift exit through use of one way streets each evening.