Steel is up at 2915 N. Main just east of I-45, where the White Oak Music Hall is slowly getting ready to party. The indoor-outdoor concert venue, a project of former-Fitzgerald’s-operator Pegstar, is expected to be finished dressing up some time next May.
The photo above, peering northwest up N. Main Street, looks through the skeleton of the main building on the site, where 2 of the venue’s 3 stages will be situated. The rendering below looks at the structure from the opposite corner, facing the street:
The third and largest concert stage is planned for the other side of what will be a 2,000+-rocker-capacity lawn (depicted at said capacity below, looking out from the stage):
Also visible, tucked in the bottom left corner of that top photo, is the landmark Raven Tower:
The tower was formerly owned and occupied by R.W. Walker, who built the elevated pad on the premises of his own Metal Enterprises business. Previously decked out with burnt-orange carpeting and velvet animal paintings, the home once sported a giant weather vane and rooster on the roof (the red N of the now-defunct vane is still visible).
The tower, as shown in architect Schaum and Shieh’s rendering, looks as though it will be painted to match the Music Hall’s new color scheme; the room with a view will be converted into an icehouse-style bar.
- Stoked on White Oak [Architect’s Newspaper]
- Main Street [Texas Monthly, 1983]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Lonely Spot East of the Heights Where the Operators of Fitzgerald’s Are Planning a Massive New Concert Venue Complex
Renderings: Schaum /Shieh; photo of steel: Swamplot inbox; closeup of Raven Tower: Allyn West
Interesting about Raven Tower, I’ve noticed they’ve replaced the windows on it. I used to be fascinated with that building, we would see it every Sunday going to my Grandma’s house and I always wondered what it looked like inside and who lived there.
Love to see this going up. When is the est. completion date?
@northsidegirl, in the article, it says next May. Swamplot, they are also putting together a brewery/bar/night club just a block to the northeast of the development in the Glen Park neighborhood.
there’s no way this will be done in less than 6 months…. I think swamplot may have meant May 2017
did a search for raven tower, and i found this old article from texas monthly that also has some cool pics of 1983 houston: https://books.google.com/books?id=8S0EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA122&lpg=PA122&dq=Raven+Tower+houston+walker&source=bl&ots=U6eWRio4LV&sig=bP9kFG6hp-34mZCQhQ2JT7dk0DA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwim7LOHo9TJAhWI64MKHUqWAAAQ6AEIJDAB#v=onepage&q=Raven%20Tower%20houston%20walker&f=false
I’m really interested to see how they are going to put a bar in that tower. In general, a minimum of two exits are required by code from any assembly space above the 1st floor.
Just curious where exactly is this new brewery? And when will be open? Do you know the name?
Once the space was occupied by The Residence of George Barrett Family.Barrett Motor Company was facing North Main and North Street. Many preowned cars were put on the street for many residents in area.Attending Jeff Davis High School with celebrative Ken Rogers. Some of family attended Reagan High School. The family lived music. Some were Gospel Singers, so can identify with good music. Bless you, our old family stopping grounds.