East End Schlumberger building to be restored
Preservationist David Denenburg has purchased the Schlumberger building in Houston’s East End with plans to restore the property and fill it with tenants to serve the burgeoning neighborhood around it.
The 1938 structure, a rare local example of Art Deco architecture, was long ago the U.S. headquarters for oil services giant Schlumberger.
Denenberg, who is also restoring the Cheek-Neal Coffee building in the same area, said he will seek state and federal tax credits to help rehab the building.
“I’m going to be putting it back together to try to bring it back to how it was in the 1930s and ’40s,” said Denenburg, who closed on the building last week. “I’ve got my steelworkers on-site replicating the windows to a T exactly how they were in 1938.”
Another part of that will include an attempt to restore the name Schlumberger that was carved into the front of the building and now appears to be covered up.
A previous owner of the property at 2720 Leeland had plans to redevelop it for office and retail space, but that project never materialized.
Denenburg envisions retailers occupying the first floor and office space and/or a medical user in the rest of the building.
“All these townhouses are scattered all over the area with zero retail,” he said.
Preservationist David Denenburg on the Schlumberger building: “I’m going to be putting it back together to try to bring it back to how it was in the 1930s and ’40s.”