Abandoned Downtown Houston lodge makes every other run at new existence


The long-not on time maintenance of a vacant downtown hotel is cranking up once more.

A consultant of the owner of the downtrodden belongings at 801 St. Joseph Limited-access highway informed the Houston Chronicle on Thursday that paintings is being ramped up in the hope of the 30-story eyesore becoming a motel again in the subsequent years, or perhaps sooner.

“We are within the manner of rehabbing the constructing,” stated Nadeem Nasir with SFK Developmenty, which owns the constructing. “We’re currently within the layout degrees, waiting to get on the identical page as a in franchise.”

The cutting-edge monetary downturn had stymied activity on the property however it sounds as though that hurdle has been overcome. SFK Development has owned it considering 2012.

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This week actual property blog Swamplot ran a story approximately the constructing that became long ago a vacation Lodge, then a Days Hotel, after which later owned by using a set led by using the overdue Maharishi Mahesh Yogi The Info Blog.

Vacated in 1998, the assets became a haven for courageous urban explorers and the region’s homeless who took their chances venturing internal. In its preceding life, the lodge had six hundred rooms, good enough to be touted as the most important Vacation Motel within the continental U.S.

These days crude graffiti (examine: now not street art) and damaged windows can be visible on its north and south sides. The building and parking storage appearance submit-apocalyptic, like you count on some walkers to return crawling out seeking out human flesh from the 32,248 square-foot fort.

A reader sent in a few new photographs to the Swamplot crew of the goings on as of late at the belongings, along with new locks, gates, and proof of the homes electrical structures being made over.


Nasir wouldn’t discuss which inn franchises the Development organization had been in talks with but some commenters at the Houston Architectural Information Discussion board message board assume that they have cracked the case.

Nasir said that the building needs extreme amounts of cosmetic paintings but that the bones of the building are in extraordinary shape.
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“There can be a complete strip down with modern-day capabilities introduced,” he stated. “It’ll have a brand new face.”

Whilst requested why they didn’t simply tear down the existing shape, which has been an eyesore to commuters on nearby I-45 and site visitors to downtown, Nasir said that they determined to renovate due to the fee, declaring that a full tear-down and modern creation could be at least $25 million.

Once in a while all a building wishes is a little TLC. Witness the paintings that changed into achieved at the Antique Savoy resort just blocks away from 801 St. Joseph. It’s now a polished and modern-looking Holiday Hotel Explicit with a burger café downstairs.

Lower back in 2013 the Houston Chronicle’s J.R. Gonzales took a take a look at the records of 801 St. Joseph which at one factor featured a primary dining room named the Orbit Eating place.

“Ceiling furniture resembled rockets blasting off into space and the walls were embellished with shade pictures from the Apollo missions,” he wrote. When it opened in 1972 they advertised a color Television in every room as a deluxe perk.

via early 1990 the motel became a Days Resort, as passersby can see from the Antique broken sign up the facet.