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PaperCity Houston April 2023

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carefully vetted, Deborah says, "The new model of private clubs like Park House is more inclusive and socially focused." A key component to any member's social club is membership mix. According to information sent to prospective founding members, the ideal Park House membership consists of a worldly and open-minded group of diverse cultural, community, and business leaders with common interests in art, music, travel, d e s i g n , t e c h n o l o g y, f a s h i o n , media, literature, theater, sport, business, and philanthropy. Instead of foursomes on the golf course, the club features culinary experiences along with intellectual and cultural discoveries. More and more, the focus is also on Instagram-worthy interiors. L.A.-based design firm Studio Collective, which gave Park House Dallas its sophisticated vibe, is providing similar contemporary residential-style spaces for the Houston edition. "The Houston club is Dallas on steroids," Deborah says. At nearly 25,000 square feet, the Houston space has taken all the design elements and room concepts that have worked well in Dallas and added new spaces such as The Bali Room, The Snug, and what she dubs a Secret Speak Easy. That's in addition to three dining areas open all day, multiple private dining rooms, and living and library rooms for socializing. Gallery spaces feature a rotating art program along with a permanent collection. A packed calendar of programming i n c l u d e s f i l m s c r e e n i n g s , l i v e performances, partnerships with chefs, sommeliers, and spirits experts, along with tastings and culinary events. Other perks include private executive workspaces and suites located one floor below, along with access to 18 like- minded social clubs around the world. And what would a private social club be without its traditional rules: Cellphones are allowed in designated areas only, but forget the selfies — photos and videos are prohibited on premises except during private events; no one under 18 is allowed except on Tuesday family nights and weekends until 6 pm; and a dress code is firmly in place that prohibits shorts, flip-flops, or ball caps. Park House Houston's invitation- only founding membership offering closed at the end of March — f o r a $ 2 5 , 0 0 0 j o i n i n g f e e , founding members had their annual dues waived for life — but general memberships are open to applicants 30 years of age and older; the joining fee is $5,000 with annual dues of $3,000. Spouses/partners are an additional fee. Junior members under 31 have a reduced fee. Inquiries, Park House founders Brady & Megan Wood, Deborah & John Scott Rendering of a dining room at Park House Houston 30

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