Dakota Lofts in Houston Texas

Another of Houston’s buildings that are more notable for their recent history than their past. These lofts were the first sign of urban renewal in Houston. In 1993 developers Randall Davis and Richard Weekley converted the abandoned Bute Paint warehouse into lofts. The flats were immediately snatched up by artists, photographers, and musicians as studios. Businessmen tired of long commutes from the suburbs to downtown followed. Today the spaces are a mixture of residential lofts, and businesses like photography and recording studios, magazines, and web sites. Dozens of other loft conversions followed, a trend that came to Houston nearly 40 years after the same phenomenon began sweeping through New York.

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