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PaperCity Houston April 2023

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P ark House Houston, a private social club inspired by London's new wave of stylish members-only social hangouts, is slated to open in December. As sister club to the wildly successful Park House Dallas, which currently has a wait list of more than 5,000 hopeful applicants, Park House Houston plans to pick up where the country-club set leaves off. Located on the top level of a building at 4411 San Felipe, however, there's nary a golf course in sight. The visionaries behind Park House Dallas, which launched in 2018, and Park House Houston are hospitality and restaurant veterans Deborah and John Scott and Megan and Brady Wood. Prior to moving to Dallas, the Scotts spent four years in London, where they joined several private social clubs such as Casa Cruz in Notting Hill (a favorite of Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss) and 5 Hertford Street in Mayfair, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle famously had their first date. (A Casa Cruz outpost opened in New York City last year, with 5 Hertford to open soon on the Upper East Side.) Deborah, who hails from New Zealand and worked in hospitality marketing positions in Asia, took inspiration from these and other clubs when planning Park House. "There was much research carried out late at night at these London clubs!" she says. The team brings a wealth of experience to Park House. John Scott recently served as CEO of Belmond Ltd. (previously Orient-Express Hotels) and, prior to that, was CEO of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Brady Wood is a founder of Woodhouse in Dallas, which developed The Moore Miami (a member's club in the Miami Design District) and The Elevation Hotel & Spa, a ski-in hotel located at the base of Mt. Crested Butte, among other projects. In the U.S., social membership clubs have traditionally been either country clubs or business clubs, but clubs in London have a range of different personalities and design elements, from Annabel's glamorous enclave of royals, supermodels, and Mayfair society swells to The Arts Club's cadre of British filmmakers, artists, musicians, and actors looking to dine and dance. At The Conduit in Mayfair, it's not enough to have money and a pedigree; members must also have a proven track record of social conscience. While applicants at Park House are Park House, a new private social club based on members-only clubs in London, will be Houston's most exclusive enclave for the worldly and well-heeled. By Rebecca Sherman CLUBHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL Ana Hop A private nook at Park House Dallas 28

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