The Historic San Jacinto Memorial Building in Houston, Texas is a three-story 180,000 SF building originally built in 1914. Now a part of Houston Community College, the building is currently undergoing a complete interior renovation and is being redeveloped as an administrative and academic classroom building. BRW is currently in the process of restoring the historic exterior of the building back to the glory of its original design. Additionally, the finished building interior design will highlight its history while creating state-of-the-art spaces for the College’s future academic and education environment.
Here is a look at the current progress on the project:
Congratulations to Dallas Independent School District’s Woodrow Wilson High School for winning an Achievement award from Preservation Dallas! The award will be presented at the 14th Annual Preservation Dallas Achievement Awards ceremony on May 15th at the new Dallas City Performance Hall. Click here for more information about the awards and ceremony and to order tickets. View a PDF of the photos used in the presentation here.
An important milestone has been reached for the Tina E. Whidby Elementary School Renovation project in the Houston Independent School District. The reverse halo-lit signage has been installed and the screen wall tile for the new entry plaza and bus drop-off has been completed. We look forward to the finalized photos of the entire project!
POSTED BY: LARRY WATKINS, AIA
Dallas Independent School District’s Woodrow Wilson High School opened for the 2013 spring semester with a new addition and a fresh renovation. Although the official grand opening will not occur until April, we thought we might share a few sneak peak pictures. We’ll be sure to give you the full photo tour once the grass greens up!
BRW principal, Lisa Lamkin AIA and Senior Associate Anne Hildenbrand, AIA recently published an article entitled “Reborn on the Bayou” in the October issue of College Planning and Management Magazine. Click here to view the article about the renovation of Houston’s San Jacinto Memorial Building for Houston Community College.
As a Dallas ISD parent and volunteer I get several publications sent to the house about the district’s growth (boring), money (drama), test scores (disappointing), and this time about CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SCHOOLS (Awesome!). Right there was picture of our very own renovation and addition of the Woodrow Wilson High School. The article is titled, “Applause, Applause for New Additions to Woodrow Wilson”. I quote… “Woodrow Wilson High School, the only International Baccalaureate World School in the Dallas ISD, is growing and improving, breaking new ground both physically and academically, all to the benefit of more than 1,500 students.”
As a DISD parent, I appreciate all the work, sweat, and effort BRW puts into its projects. Standing Ovation from me.
Click here for details and a progress update as well as photos from the groundbreaking: http://dallasisd2008bond.org/index.php/schools/detail/Woodrow_Wilson_High_School/
POSTED BY: MALIA NIX
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson was president, Babe Ruth made his major league debut, Charlie Chaplin made his film debut, and The San Jacinto Memorial Building in Houston, Texas began its life as the South Side Junior High School. At the time, many students dropped out of school at this age and junior high schools were being introduced as a response. This school was designed in the Classic Renaissance style, complete with Doric columns, carved pediments, and copper spandrels. After the Great Fifth Ward Fire in Houston on February 21, 1912 which consumed a church, a school, industrial plants and homes, it is no surprise that the school’s fireproof construction was touted, including not just concrete and stone, but interior partitions of hollow tile as well. Designed by architects Layton & Smith of Oklahoma City, the 3-story building, housing 800 students its first year, cost $300,000 to build and equip; this would be equivalent to $6,564,000 today.
In 1925, after the success of the junior high experiment, three more junior high schools were opened in Houston, and South End Junior High transformed into a Senior High School, adopting the name San Jacinto, in a small part so the athletic teams would not need new uniforms. A fountain in the Conservatory was added in honor of the school principal, Mr. Black.
To meet the ever growing need of the community, a classroom wing was added in full Art Deco style in 1927, which included a third floor cafeteria, followed by another addition in 1939 with a more spacious auditorium and firing range below the stage. Not only did these house a growing high school population, but also night classes given by the Houston Technical Institute. The school remained a functioning high school until 1970 when the Houston Technical Institute took over full ownership of the building. The current owner, Houston Community College, acquired the building in 1988. At 98 years old the building is in need of a comprehensive renovation and exterior facade restoration. BRW has been commissioned by HCC to design its rebirth as a facility ready for 21st century education with exterior restored to its original distinction. Check back soon for details on the renovation / restoration progress.
POSTED BY: CAROL KESLER