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PaperCity Houston May 2021

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O ne of the most intriguing stories spun around this spring's big reveal of the revamped L a C o l o m b e d'Or Hotel and The Residences at La Colombe d'Or involves neither the gleaming residential tower by Munoz + Albin nor the refurbished historic hotel, a handsome update of the original 1923 Fondren Mansion designed by Alfred C. Finn. The narrative we're talking about instead revolves around a vintage apartment complex — nine modest units dating from the World War II era, arrayed across a courtyard that gives a faint nod to New Orleans. These humble rental dwellings have been remade thanks to a commitment of Hines and the Zimmerman family to not only save, but revive this complex tucked behind the soaring 34-story tower that comprises The Residences at La Colombe d'Or. (Continued) At Villa 7, mismatched chairs in mid-century silhouettes surround the dining table. A custom white-lacquer bar cart by GEWL. Vintage portrait from the Zimmerman Collection. White bouclé sofa by GEWL softens the space. Mixed-metal console and coffee table, designed by Braverman and fabricated by GEWL. 79

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