The Textile Mill (circa 1894) is located in the former industrial center of the Houston Heights. Following a long period of neglect, the current owners obtained the building, began planning for the renovation of the block long complex, and secured its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The old mill, with its distinctive clock tower, had long been a neighborhood landmark and the architects were asked to restore the exterior while selectively renovating the interior to accommodate a mix of uses: lofts for working and living, retail, bakery, and a café.

Public spaces and studios all have unique structural patterns, original flooring, and historic features. Minimal materials were removed to create circulation areas, and they were re-purposed throughout the project. Wood beams are planed into stair treads, metal plate is fashioned to negotiate transitions between different floor elevations and materials, and wood flooring is reconstituted into benches and other common area furnishings. The five-story clock tower, with its arched windows and limestone-clad masonry housing a Seth Thomas clock, has been restored as a private apartment.



Photo: Nash Baker