At the 12th annual ULI Houston Development of Distinction Awards on January 29, 2019, an MHA project won the For Profit - Large Scale award. The awards honor real estate projects in the city of Houston for the past year that have made a difference at all scales and in both public and private projects. Preservation was a clear trend at the awards and The Star led the way as the largest rehabilitation project. Originally known as the Texaco Building due to the Texas Company’s (later renamed Texaco) role as the first financiers and tenants of the building, the structure sat vacant for the past few decades and was finally rehabilitated into 286 residential apartments. The project was led by Provident Realty Advisors and Rusk at San Jacinto Partners LP with MacRostie Historic Advisors providing historic preservation consulting. The Texaco Building was designed by the New York architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore and opened in 1915. One of the most defining features of the building is the Gaustavino vaulted arcades along the original 1915 structure. Later additions were completed in 1936 and 1959. The majority of the rehabilitation project focused on the historic exteriors as very little of the original interiors remained. For ULI Houston, the new common spaces the Star was able to incorporate, including the lower level club room which highlights Texaco memorabilia, set it apart from the competition. The project preserved an important Houston landmark and honored the history of an influential Houston enterprise.
The important and lasting aspects of the project were captured in a video created by ULI Houston for the Star’s win.