Former Houston Club building to be demolished

By Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - A downtown Houston building that was once the home of a private club visited by Houston's movers and shakers is set to come down with a bang Sunday morning.

Commercial developer Skanska USA is imploding the former Houston Club building at 811 Rusk St. to make way for a 35-story 750,000 square-foot office space called Capitol Tower.

"It's a little bit emotional but we all knew it was coming," said building general manager Nadia Sant.

The Houston Club moved to One Shell Plaza in 2013, leaving behind decades of memories at the Rusk location.

"We have preserved everything that was really meaningful to the club. Most meaningful is what's in people's hearts and souls when they experienced the club over the years," Sant said.

The building was designed in 1954 by Jesse H. Jones specifically for the Houston Club and was the place for the city's power players.

"I remember seeing the president and Mrs. Bush or Secretary (James) Baker. It was always a fun time to see them visiting the club," said Jason Ryan, vice president of the Houston Club's board of governors.

The planned Capitol Tower will include a revamped pedestrian tunnel with a two-level open air lobby.

The implosion is scheduled for 7 a.m. Sunday. Houston police will have streets in a two-block radius of the implosion zone shut down. Project managers discourage anyone from coming down to see the implosion in person for safety reasons. Local 2 will livestream the implosion on when it happens.

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