Ever so often, an artist rendering transforming a historic downtown building catches our eye, and one for 700 Texas certainly did. The 1930’s building has already lived many lives- as the Sears Home and Farm Center, as the Dan Cohen shoe store, and myriad other retail spaces. The 18,180 SF 2-story building is currently for sale, for an asking price of $595,000. Over the years, the building has been changed inside but several things remain- the brick walls and the high ceilings (14′) currently hidden by drop-down acoustical tiles. You can also see from this 1950s photo where the giant windows used to be, windows that could be (should be) uncovered again.
For the last decade or so, it has been the Tipitina’s Foundation music co-op, a place where musicians could rent a small space and practice their craft. Rare was the day (or night) that you would walk by and not hear horns or percussion.
This artist rendering by Vintage Design Group architect Jason Cram is pretty fabulous and shows how a historic building can have modern appeal and functionality. The location of the building is wonderful, adjacent to artspace and just across from the Lofts at 624.
This cool building could be yours. It is in an Opportunity Zone, has the potential for both state and federal Historic Tax Credits and other incentives. To hear more or to see the building, contact Chris Stokes at 318-222-2022.