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The Americana The Americana’s iconic signage has been recovered and repaired, and will soon be added to the building.

HOUSTON—One of Houston’s earliest structures to fully embrace international style–following Silverman and Rose’s 1952 Melrose building (now Le Meridien hotel)–the Americana building initially served to connect Foley’s garage with additional parking plus ground-floor and basement space for the now defunct department store’s annex. The building was completed in 1957 by Houston developer Melvin A. Silverman and his Manhattan counterpart/collaborator Bennett Rose.

And today, this key downtown Houston block with tunnel access is being reborn as a prime retail opportunity, thanks to the Bayou City-based duo of Capital Retail Properties and Identity Architects. During the past year, the former Americana building at 811 Dallas St. has been deconstructed to its original six-story podium.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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