(UPDATED With A Talk With The Owner) Houston Studios & Warehouse District: Big, Modern Development Coming?
The Warehouse District is one of Houston's funkiest areas, as artists through the years have used the spaces north of downtown for every kind of art from plays to movies to painting to whatever.
Illustrations from Houston Studios of Texas Home for future ICBYs, TGIFridays and a SportsClips?
Now, if some web action is to be believed, the nature of the place may be changing.
Houston Studios, where movies like Jason's Lyric have been filmed and where Beyonce and ZZ Top have shot videos and rehearsed, has a somewhat odd new webpage up that shows a multi-use nightclub/commercial district going up in the area.
The "Houston Studios Building," says the site, is looking to lease "to Tenants who wish to lease the 3-Story Building for a Commercial use: ie: Office Space, Galleries, Restaurants, Bistros, Shops or a Manufacturing or Industrial use. Residential uses are not being considered at this time." (We can't match the various colors used in the copy, alas.)
What else can go there? Glad you asked:
Perfectly suited as office space for Architecural Firms, Advertising Agencies, High-Technology start-ups, a Downtown Medical Center, or support facilities for the Ballet, Opera or Alley Theater. It would also work great as a Fashion and Design Center with showrooms, offices and common-use areas for productions and displays. Lastly, any of these uses could be complimented by using the basement as a Jazz Club/Bistro at night and sharing the available parking.
ALTERNATIVELY, it would make an ideal indigenous* downtown Entertainment Center using the soundstage as a Performance Venue/Nightclub and the rest of the building for Shops, Bistros and Bars to support THE MAIN DRAW.