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The Rice

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The Rice
Rice Lofts, Rice Hotel
Post Rice Lofts


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
beaux-arts / historism


rental apartments


  • From 1837 to 1839 the capitol building for the Republic of Texas stood on this site. It became a hotel after the capital was moved to Austin, and was torn down in 1882.
  • President John F. Kennedy ate his last dinner here before he was assassinated in Dallas.
  • This hotel building was host to the 1928 Democratic National Convention.
  • The 18th floor was added in 1950-1951.
  • Takes its name from William Marsh Rice, who is most well known as being the founder of Rice University.
  • The original Rice Hotel, constructed in 1883, was demolished in 1911, and then replaced by the current structure which opened on May 17, 1913.
  • The building's original Rice Hotel Cafeteria was the first air conditioned room in Houston that was open to the public.
  • On August 23, 1977, a court order would force the hotel to close its doors, and the building would remain vacant until 1997 when the process of converting it into loft apartments began.
  • The $27.5 million renovation of the former hotel into apartments served as the springboard for the continuing revitalization of downtown Houston into a lively, vibrant city center.
  • Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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901-925 Texas Avenue
514-526 Main Street
509 Travis Street
909 Texas Avenue
Inner Loop East

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221.00 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • Exercise facility is available
  • Swimming pool is available
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