Elder Street Artist Lofts

New Life for an Historic Site

1101 Elder Street Houston, TX, 77007


There is no Artspace project which sits on land with greater historical interest than the Elder Street Artist Lofts, which was home to a municipal cemetery in the 1840s and accumulated thousands of burials. The cemetery was not maintained, however, and in 1924 the Jefferson Davis Hospital, a handsome red brick structure in the Classical Revival style, was built on the site. Over the years, the building housed a variety of tenants, but it stood vacant for two decades before Artspace entered the picture. Completed in 2005, this $6.3 million project houses 34 artist live/work units, many of which offer spectacular views of the downtown skyline, and boasts a green roof. The building’s original terrazzo floors, high ceilings, and large windows were all retained.

Architect: W.O. Neuhaus & Associates

Development Partner: Avenue Community Development Corporation

Funders: Apollo Housing Capital, LLC; City of Houston; Federal Home Loan Bank – AHP; Harris County; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Southwest Bank of Texas; Texas Department of Housing and Community Development; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Brown Foundation; Fayez Sarofim & Co.; Fondren Foundation; Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation; Houston Endowment; McGovern Fund; National Trust for Historic Preservation / HGTV Restore America Program; RBC; Rockwell Fund; Strake Foundation; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Washington Mutual Foundation ; and the Wortham Foundation

est. 2005

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Live/Work Artist Housing

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Historic Rehabilitation