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PaperCity Houston April 2022

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A storied, palatial mansion at 2115 River Oaks Boulevard that gained international fame as the residence of Baron Ricky di Portanova and Baroness Alessandra di Portanova recently sold in a mega sale. Once upon a time, the mansion was a typical 1950s River Oaks home. That was before multi- millionaire di Portanova, scion of oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, transformed it. Read more at W hen designing the "front door" for the East River mixed-use development under construction near downtown, the last thing the developers of The Laura at East River wanted to do was erect a run-of-the-mill apartment building. So they looked to Houston's history, the new land's easy access to lush green spaces, and even the sunset views to create a unique place. "It's the ability to be in an urban environment but still be outdoors, with livable green spaces, a trail system and outdoor things that users in general appreciate now more than ever," says Larry Sloan of Houston-based Midway, which is building the 150-acre project. "Coming out of the backside of COVID, it's that ability to get outside." Read more at Since landing solo ownership of River Oaks' buzzy Brasserie 19, chef/restaurateur Charles Clark has been on the scene day and night, beaming in a spotlight he once enjoyed as Ibiza chef and partner in the now-defunct Clark Cooper Concepts. Clark has brought on chef Michael Hoffman, formerly his sous chef at Ibiza, to create new menu items, while Cooper has formed his own hospitality company. Read more at As much a life teacher as a basketball coach, Kelvin Sampson keeps pushing his University of Houston basketball team into the national spotlight. Now he's getting some overdue recognition of his own, with many of his coaching peers advocating for his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Sampson belongs there with John Wooden, John Thompson, and Mike Krzyzewski. Read more at NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP Don't be the last to get the PC Daily. Our redesigned, expanded editorial newsletters put the entire city right in your inbox. You get Houston's top fashion, restaurant, real estate, society, and art news — and more — five times a week. Sign up at papercitymag. com/newsletter. Amangiri resort @georgie_ofthejungle Franco Valobra @theshelbyhodge #PCSEEN WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE UP TO, DIGITALLY. LIKE: FOLLOW: @papercitymag TWEET: @papercitymag GET SOCIAL: OUTDOOR WORLD Johnny Good Burger @papercityhouston DIVE INTO OUR DIGITAL WORLD PAPERCITYMAG.COM The Laura HOST MAN LIFE COACH ROYAL HOUSE 2115 River Oaks Boulevard Kelvin Sampson 20

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