PH Watch List: Rossonian Cleaners

The Rossonian Cleaners building is part of the historic streetscape of what was once a major retail artery leading from Midtown to neighborhoods farther south. The original section of the building was completed in 1928 for Rossonian Cleaners and Tailors. Although a later addition to the south side of the building has been altered, the 1928 structure retains almost all its original architectural features.

Kirby Mansion in Midtown could be demolished

Preservation Houston has learned of a threat to the Kirby Mansion, 2006 Smith Street in Midtown. Reliable sources indicate the historic house is under contract and that the new owner does not intend to retain the building. Preservation Houston has been working behind the scenes to promote the restoration and repurposing of the historic property.

Landmark Sears building to become tech hub

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Rice University President David Leebron announced plans April 12 to repurpose the landmark Sears building in Midtown as a hub for tech startups, part of a larger proposal to develop an innovation district along Main Street between downtown and the Texas Medical Center in collaboration with a variety of educational and research institutions and businesses.