Texas Company Building

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Texas Company Building
Texas Co. Building.jpg
Texas Building in 2003
Texas Company Building is located in Texas
Texas Company Building
Texas Company Building is located in the US
Texas Company Building
Location 1111 Rusk, Houston, Texas
Coordinates 29°45′40″N 95°21′42″W / 29.76111°N 95.36167°W / 29.76111; -95.36167Coordinates: 29°45′40″N 95°21′42″W / 29.76111°N 95.36167°W / 29.76111; -95.36167
Area less than one acre
Built 1915 (1915)
Architect Warren and Wetmore; Franzheim, Kenneth, et al.
Architectural style Renaissance Revival, Beaux-Arts
NRHP reference # 03000185[1]
Added to NRHP April 2, 2003

The Texas Company Building, located at 1111 Rusk (720 Jacinto) in Houston, Texas, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 2003.[2]

The 13-story structure opened in 1915 as home of the Texas Company, the New York firm of Warren and Wetmore designed the building in the Renaissance Revival style with Beaux-Arts accents. The exterior is faced with brick, terra cotta and Bedford limestone and features vaulted arcades supported by Tuscan columns along its Rusk and San Jacinto Street façades.

The Texas Company became Texaco in 1959 and continued to occupy the building until 1989 when it moved to another facility. To accommodate growth, the company expanded the structure three times between 1936 and 1975.[3]

Since the building became vacant, developers proposed several plans to reuse it, however none were successful; in 2011, a development consortium created a plan for approximately 300 apartments with retail space and parking. They began work in 2013 and have demolished part of the structure but kept the 13-story section, the 1936 annex and the 16-story expansion added in 1958. Eventual plans call for a 38-story tower behind the historic structure.[4][5]

The management expects to open the completed building at the end of 2015.[needs update][6]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Register Listings" (PDF). Texas Historical Commission. p. 51. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Chapman, Betty. "Houston's Historic Oil Buildings" (PDF). City of Houston. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Old Texaco HQ Redevelopment". City-date forum. June 1, 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  5. ^ Bivins, Ralph (April 27, 2011). "Signs of real estate life: Texaco Building set for royal re-do, new Post Oak tower planned". CultureMap: Houston. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  6. ^ Takahashi, Paul (October 29, 2014). "14 residential projects on tap for downtown Houston". Houston Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-07-28.