Thursday, March 31, 2016

200 Block of Westheimer on the market or otherwise in flux (March 2016)


215 WESTHEIMER RD. 
VARIANCE REQUEST POSTED 

Notice of Variance Request posted at 215 Westheimer (March 2015)
Notice of Variance Request posted at 215 Westheimer (March 2015)


GEORGES BISTRO CLOSED AT 219 WESTHEIMER 

Georges Bistro 219 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006  (Dec 2015 photo)
Georges Bistro in Dec 2015 - Adjoining house to the West
already demolished 
223 WESTHEIMER RD.
RESIDENTIAL DEMOLITION IN 2015
-- LOT FOR SALE OR LEASE 





224 WESTHEIMER 
RECENT PLANT HOUSE TO RESTAURANT CONVERSION 

Bistecca Ristorante (Italian) on Lower Westheimer / Montrose
Bistecca Ristorante (Italian) 
224 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 

208 WESTHEIMER
CONVENIENCE STORE CONVERSION
TO MATTRESS FIRM,  FINAL MARK-DOWN OUTLET  

Mattress Store in Montrose - Lower Westheimer at Helena Street
208 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

VACANT LOTS NEARBY 
(100 BLOCK OF WESTHEIMER 
EAST OF HELENA STREET)  

There is space enough for something substantial 

Large corner lot at Helena Sr: Posted for Sale for many months 
Behind the fence: the parcel where a vintage residence went up in flames
(next to Jus Mac) 



Bistro Guy Adieu ... et bon voyage!


The four-course sequence on Lower Westheimer: 
1. Chez Georges. 2. Feast. 3. Georges encore sans chez
4. Le fin. 


Georges Bistro last December. Neighbor gone. 
Empty lot after demolition of residence next door (March 2015 pic) 
223 Westheimer: placed on the market in 2015 after the house was torn down   
Also see --> Changing Montrose - Lower Westheimer

GEORGES GUY ARCHIVAL

Le bon mot on the derrière of the Bistro van:

"Like being in France without the jet lag"

Chez Guy March 2014 shortly before the relaunch as a bistro
with the house on the next lot to the West still intact 

THE FEAST-ON-THE-WHOLE-BEAST 
INTERLUDE 

Click the pig shingle for hi-res. 
Guy and Monique Georges' residence-to-restaurant conversion property doing the honors as "Feast"
(2012 Panoramio photo of Feast)




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bluish Muralism: New street art on Lower Westheimer (March 2016 edition)






Metro Bus Stop Shelters: Variations in Design



Galleria-area curved pipe design 
found on Westheimer and Richmond Ave. 

Richmond near the West Loop / 59 Interchange

The one-legged square umbrella version with partitioned metal-rod bench underneath
(Travis St at Polk St, HPD HQ on corner) 
Central-pillar bus shelter design - Double
(Travis Street at Calpine Center (Texas Ave) across from Houston Chronicle Bldg)
Modern red-and-gray Upper Kirby design with side panels and curved roof
(Westheimer at St. Anne's Church) 
The conventional box-style design with glassed side walls and wood-plank bench inside
(Richmond in Upper Kirby) 
Kirby Station - 402 Bellaire Express Bus - curved roof and other curvatures,
no side panels (Holcombe near Kirby) 
Bus stop with concrete bench on pad - no sidewalk (S Shepherd in River Oaks) 
Conventional shelter with side panels planted on the sidewalk
(Almeda at TMC) 
Conventional shelter - no side walls - two concrete benches
(Richmond Ave inside Loop) 
Conventional three-side bus shelter with un-partitioned
wooden bench in front of school on Briar Forest Drive near Highway 6 

Conventional bus shelter with house-type roof and neighborhood map posted
Eldridge Parkway at Brimhurst / Energy Corridor 



Some serious rigging action in Upper Kirby


What's been going on and up in March at 
the Kirby Collection construction site 

Construction crane at Kirby Collection site: Looking up from Lake Street 
Men busy in high-level jobs 
The rigging contractor 


Thor Equities' pitch for retail space leasing  
NW corner at intersection of Lake Street and W Main 
View of SW corner of Kirby Collection project site
from Lake Street near Richmond Ave looking North 

Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos

Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos
thumbnails of blog post pics Summer 2015

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics
2015 Jan-Feb Pics Posted