3815 Montrose Boulevard
In Houston the big glamorous trophy office towers get all the notoriety but if you look hard enough there are some not so obvious office buildings in the marketplace that are noteworthy.
One of my favorite office buildings in the entire city is a little niche property located on Montrose Boulevard near the corner of West Alabama. I will disclose serving as the original leasing agent for the building after the property was redeveloped in 2002, but that’s only a small part of the reason it is one of my favorite buildings.
The building was originally constructed in 1961 with a rear addition in 1963. The building known as the Statesman Life Building was an ugly brick non-descript office building. The entire building was gutted, new mechanical systems installed and the majority of the exterior was replaced with natural anodized aluminum curtain wall with green tinted glass and plaster spandrels. Some of the existing brick walls at the north and south sides were retained. In addition the original marquis sign was refurbished to retain the landmark recognition of the project.
The lobby and interior commons areas were refinished with stained sealed concrete, carpet and a new elevator, as well as a painted steel structure staircase leading from the lobby to the second floor. Interior finishes for tenant spaces were completed with exposed structure open ceilings and stained and sealed concrete floors. As you would expect the building was a huge hit with design firms, non-profits and technology companies seeking a non-traditional office environment.
I would love to place one of my clients seeking this type of office space in this building but the 28,000 square feet of rentable space rarely ever has any vacancy. Houston needs more office space like this.