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After More Than A Quarter-Century, A Downtown Star Is Reborn

The Star, the former Texaco HQ in Downtown Houston

Just shy of its 102nd year as a Downtown landmark, one of Houston’s most beloved buildings, the Texaco Building at 1111 Rusk St., is welcoming guests again. It is the first time since 1989 that the building has been active; the refresh is part of the Downtown Living Initiative. Under the stewardship of Provident Realty Advisors, the early skyscraper that cemented the city’s economic significance has been reborn as The Star.


“There are so few opportunities to create something as magical as The Star,” said Provident Realty Advisors’ Kip Platt, the development partner. “We were fortunate to have found an iconic, pre-war building of this scale where a thoroughly modern makeover meshes so seamlessly with its timeless architecture.”

Encompassing 286 units, ranging from 730 to 1,730 SF, with irreplaceable architectural details and interior finishes typically associated with a high-end condominium, The Star reactivates a key block in the heart of a neighborhood rejuvenated by the 2017 Super Bowl. 


Targeting restaurants, specialty grocers and soft goods, 75% of the retail is in final contract negotiations. Future on-site dining will support both poolside and residence food delivery services.

“Looking at The Star today, everything was worth the wait,” Platt said. “Not only have we been able to preserve a property that is integral to Houston’s history, but we’ve also been able to transform it for the residential and retail purposes that will continue to support Downtown’s resurgence as a neighborhood where Houstonians want to live.”