GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (May 5, 2008)—Original heart pine floors, soaring 14-foot wood ceilings, exposed brick, balconies overlooking The Strand and views of Galveston Harbor through the energy-efficient insulated 10-foot windows await future residents of the new Thompson Lofts in the heart of The Historic Downtown Strand District located at 112 Tremont Street (23rd Street).
Thompson Lofts, a project of George and Cynthia Mitchell and Mitchell Historic Properties, are contemporary, yet classic lofts in the 1877 Thompson Building at the corner of 23rd Street and Harborside Drive. The project designer is Tiziana Alessandro Mitchell of The Design Fix in Venice, CA and project architect is Bob Robinowitz of McIntyre + Robinowitz Architects in Houston with Myerson Builders as the general contractor. The Thompson Lofts will feature four one-bedroom and three two-bedroom living options ranging from 700 to 2,287 square feet. Prices range from $206,000 for a one-bedroom to $769,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath unit and a spacious balcony. The total square footage of the building is 18,835 including 6,500 sq. ft. in retail space on the first floor. The second floor houses seven lofts and common area.
The building was constructed in 1877 by John Wolston, Clinton Wells and Charles Vidor. The first tenant of the building was R.F George, a wholesale druggist. In 1878, George combined his business with T.C. Thompson and JJ Schott to form Thompson, Schott & Co. The building housed wholesales drugstores until the turn of the century. Later it housed a ship chandlery, and retail grocery business. The building changed owners various times over the years and was purchased from Miro Vranac, Jr. by George Mitchell in 1992.
All lofts are equipped with a gourmet kitchen featuring Jenn-Air Kitchen stainless steel appliances including a side-by-side refrigerator, Zephyr stainless steel overhead exhaust hood, a breakfast bar, and CaesarStone quartz countertops with Walker Zanger glass tile backsplash. Custom built Lyptus wood cabinets from certified sustainable forests are featured throughout.
The bathrooms are decorated with Ann Sacks glass ceramic bath tile and a Grohe shower system. Every loft includes eight-foot solid interior doors, Cirrus ceiling fans and a General Electric front load washer and electric dryer. Lofts are pre-wired for data and cable connections, as well as surround sound in the living areas and audio in the bedrooms. The noise of neighbors will not be an issue in these lofts, which were renovated with double walls with acoustical insulation between each living unit and in the hallways.
Each resident will have a secure parking spot in an adjacent gated lot that leads directly into the building and a dedicated secure storage area.
The lofts are surrounded by more than 100 shops, restaurants, and art galleries as well as a wealth of activities in this vibrant part of Galveston Island. Residents are within walking distance of Pier 21, The Grand 1894 Opera House and the nearby Postoffice Arts and Entertainment District.
“Like most of the buildings in The Strand District, the Thompson building has never before been residential. However, now it is reborn with this new function,” says Tiziana Alessandro Mitchell of The Design Fix in Venice, Ca. “In my honest approach to adaptive reuse, my goal was to respect the building's history by boldly expressing the new, while clearly revealing the old. In this way, we achieved a fusion of history and contemporary life.”
Mitchell Historic Properties is a private company responsible for maintenance, sales and leasing of 17 historic buildings owned by developer and philanthropist George P. Mitchell and the Mitchell family. The Mitchells have invested more than $125 million in rehabilitating historic properties in the historic downtown district during the past 31 years, and have developed 55 living quarters, including lofts and apartments, in the downtown area.