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Steenburgen and Ted Danson (who became e n g a g e d t h e r e ) , and Zimmerman's favorite personage, President Bill Clinton, who sent a note after his visit. Zimmerman stops at a table filled with art dealer and designer types to tell tales of his first foray into the art world via his friendship with "Madame de Menil," which began when he was a law professor at St. Thomas. A request made by Dominique de Menil of Zimmerman was immediately granted, allowing Surrealist painter Max Ernst to stay at the hotel during his Houston visit organized by the de Menils. Thus, early on, La Colombe d'Or established itself as the haunt of artists — which perhaps isn't surprising, since its namesake hotel is in Saint-Paul de Vence, where the Zimmermans own property — a charming South of France village frequented by Matisse, Chagall, Léger, Braque, Picasso, and friends. The window into the art lifestyle provided by Mrs. de Menil sparked Zimmerman to begin collecting. The fruits of that endeavor and a testament to his friendship with some of the ruling talents of the 1970s and 1980s Houston scene line the walls of La Colombe d'Or Hotel. The most important vignette is arguably in the lounge area, where a vaporous Color Field canvas by Dorothy Hood (who, in the Saint-Paul de Vence tradition, traded with Zimmerman for a tab at the restaurant) faces a Surreal landscape by Lucas Johnson, another prime painter of the era. The 350-piece La Colombe d'Or collection also has works by Menil touchstones Man Ray and Braque, the former in the lounge area, the latter a work on paper of a dove that elegantly presides over a seating nook at the mansion entrance. The latest addition to the collection is Rock Growth 300, a robust sculpture formed from Corten steel commissioned from French designer/artist Arik Levy, whom Zimmerman knows from Saint- Paul. Levy's sculpture has just been installed along Montrose Boulevard, at the entrance to the hotel. Setting up a dialogue with the abstract tensile energy of the Levy is Last Tango, an epic al fresco mural by the father of stencil street art, Blek Le Rat, which rises floors above. The striking 46-foot- tall emblem is painted on the façade of the new 34-story residential tower that adjoins the mansion. ROOMS WITH A VIEW Cue The Residences of La Colombe d'Or, the pedigreed high-rise building by Munoz + Albin — arguably the city's go-to firm for residential towers — connected to the century-earlier hotel by an airy, linear, white-steel canopied walkway. The eloquent sky-rise bears both striking silhouette and subtle, architectural details that unfold depending on the viewer's location on the block. This building also torques imperceptibly on an axis. The new tower acknowledges the scale of the Mediterranean-style mansion by its balconied windows on the first two stories, demarcating The Residence's 18 suites for hotel guests. These rooms whisper with refinement — a commission that went to Rottet Studio, the firm that designed all The Residences' interiors. Headed by international interiors architect Lauren Rottet, the Houston headquartered firm's signature understated aesthetic is deftly deployed throughout. The new Residences at La Colombe d'Or and the reborn La Colombe d'Or Hotel — what a win for both the city's future and Houston's history, too. Read more on this story at century of high society. Pater Zimmerman holds court — working the tables, regaling guests with the names of personages who stayed, dined, and made La Colombe d'Or the pinnacle of the scene in '80s and '90s Houston: Mickey Leland, Elie Wiesel, Walter Cronkite, Desmond Tutu, Mary Troy Stanley's Nom de Plume, 2020, at the reception desk of The Residences at La Colombe d'Or, designed by Rottet Studio Tonight & Tomorrow bar, La Colombe d'Or Hotel La Colombe d'Or Hotel's grand staircase 77

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