This historic building in downtown Houston houses an art gallery and realtor on the ground floor, with two residences above. The courtyard serves all the tenants, providing a quiet respite in the busy historic district.
Dominated by a huge, old sycamore, the space is shaded most of the time. Plant materials were carefully selected to achieve a balance of textures, colors and seasonal blooms in shady conditions. Existing historic brick pavers were preserved in one area of the courtyard, while ipe deck tiles create a warm, more contemporary ambience on the dining terrace and stairway. Antique lanterns mounted on historic walls glow softly. Artifacts from the building are re-purposed as a table and garden ornament.
Lauren Griffith Associates served as landscape architect for the project which was completed in 2012. Guy Hagstette, FAIA provided architectural services.
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