East End Sch­lum­berger build­ing to be re­stored

Houston Chronicle - - BUSINESS - By Nancy Sarnoff nancy.sarnoff@chron.com twit­ter.com/nsarnoff

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.

Hous­ton Chron­i­cle file

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.”

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