The 118-year-old Houston Club has recently entered into an agreement with the Plaza Club to relocate to the Plaza Club’s current location on the 49th floor of the One Shell Plaza.
In an attempt to provide their combined members a reinvented club, while also retaining the historic name “The Houston Club”, the two will invest in a dramatic $3.5 million onsite renovation project, scheduled to start this month.
“The Houston Club has served as a meeting place for Houston’s business and civic leaders since 1894,” said Matt Alford, president of the Houston Club. “I believe this change of venue, along with the combining of the clubs’ memberships and the extensive renovations, will allow the Houston Club to be an even larger part of Houston’s business and social culture. I am very proud to be a part of this exciting evolution.”
The new Houston Club will feature amenities such as a grand lobby surrounded by floor-to-ceiling-window views of downtown, a stylish “Anytime Lounge”, power boardroom with state-of-the-art technology including HD video conferencing and world-class business amenities for high level and critical meetings, and technology-equipped “Touchdown Rooms” for private calls, interviews or impromptu meetings with clients. Also accommodated will be Allen’s Landing—an all-in-one, innovative focal point for dining and networking in a variety of stylish settings with a few nods to the past, including club memorabilia and regional artifacts.
In addition, the new club space that is to be designed by global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm Gensler will offer an expanded private event space that is designed to accommodate up to 200 guests.
No exact date for the relocation of the Houston Club to the 50-story tower has been announced, but according to Club officials the Rusk Street location will remain open until the end of the year.
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