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Urbannizer Oct 24, 2015 2:40 AM

HOUSTON | The Kirby Mansion | 218 FT / 66 M | 15 FLOORS
Architect: Jackson & Ryan
Type: Office
Location: Brazos/Gray, Midtown
Construction Timeline:
image by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr
image by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr
image by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr

Urbannizer Oct 24, 2015 3:06 AM

Site: by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr!6m1!1e1

photoLith Oct 24, 2015 4:25 AM

Yuck, at least it's going on a parking lot though.

Urbannizer Oct 28, 2015 3:36 PM


Originally Posted by Chron
Historic Midtown mansion could get high-rise neighbor
By Nancy Sarnoff on October 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM

A 15-story office building is being proposed next to the historic Kirby House in Midtown.

Documents recently filed with the city’s planning department seeking a variance ask for a reduced building setback from the required 25 feet to 10 feet along Gray Street to accommodate the proposed building. The request said the shorter building setback line will blend in with the area’s pedestrian-oriented streetscape. Renderings from Jackson & Ryan Architects are included in the request. See below.

The historic building would be preserved, updated and incorporated into the proposed development, according to the city document. Two adjacent buildings on the site would be demolished. The entire property includes 62,000 square feet of land and is bounded by Brazos, Pierce, Smith and Gray streets. The owner of the property is Philip Azar who has a law office in the building.

TexasBoi Oct 28, 2015 3:47 PM

Looks like a stubby One Park Place.

Urbannizer Oct 29, 2015 5:53 AM


Originally Posted by Houston Chronicle
Houston developer and venture capitalist Dennis Murphree has a contract to buy the property and could break ground on the tower by the end of next year.

He said he's already received interest in leasing space in the new building, but he won't break ground without commitment from a tenant.

Urbannizer Jul 2, 2018 8:18 PM


Fears mount as rumors spread that Kirby Mansion close to sold


Preservationists expressed dismay and frustration Wednesday over the possibility that the Kirby Mansion — one of the few historic estates still standing in the downtown area — could be torn down.

“The house could be preserved with other uses on the rest of the property,” David Bush, executive director of Preservation Houston, said. “With the right developer and the right architect, you could do something different.”

The future of the 1920s English-style manor is in peril as a buyer seeks to purchase the historic property, according to people familiar with the sale.

Preservationists fear the two-story red brick estate at 2000 Smith, developed just before the Great Depression, could become the latest of the city’s dwindling supply of historic and architecturally significant properties to vanish.

“Reliable sources indicate the historic house is under contract and that the new owner does not intend to retain the building,” the email read. “Preservation Houston has been working behind the scenes to promote the restoration and repurposing of the historic property.”

After hearing rumors that the building could be sold, Boesel and two other preservationists met last week with the property owner, an attorney named Philip Azar, who offices in the mansion, to discuss options for maintaining the building.

“We love the Kirby Mansion and tried to restore and redevelop the site but the financing markets just weren’t ready for a development in Houston at that time,” Murphree said this week. “We decided to drop the project and still hope for someone else to make that block what it can be.”

A San Antonio developer recently had hoped to acquire the property and build a hotel next to the mansion.

The process of securing financing for the project slowed the progress, and “unfortunately, as I understand it, their clock ran out,” said John Cryer, board member emeritus with Houston architecture firm Page, which was working with that developer.

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