By Austin Dressman – VisitHoustonTexas.com
Houston is ranked No. 3 by Travel + Leisure in “America’s Most Cultured Cities 2015”. The city’s cultural dominance will soon be reinforced with the creation of the 36-acre Sawyer Yards arts campus, one of the largest art destinations of its kind in the country.
With the help of Jon Deal, developer of neighboring Winter, Silver, Center, and Spring Street Studios, Houston artists will transform an abandoned rice silo food complex into a 60,000 square foot arts and entertainment complex. Situated just north of downtown in the eclectic Washington Avenue Arts District, Sawyer Yards will feature over 55 dynamic work spaces along with 20,000 square foot reserved for retail space. The reserved space will be used for restaurants, galleries, or offices for creative companies or non-profits.
Visitors and fellow artists will be able to eat, drink, shop, and create with over 300 studios on campus. Holler Brewery Co. is already signed on as tenant of the “Artist Alley” portion of the complex next to Silver Street Studios on Edwards Street. The new brewery will join the ranks of the various acclaimed neighborhood breweries popping up around town.
The iconic industrial 83-foot-tall rice silos from the complex’s former food processing days will remain intact and be highlighted with dramatic lighting at night. Developers are also including loft apartments and additional parking options in preliminary plans to accommodate the influx of activity in the area. An original sculpture by legendary Houston artist David Adickes will also sit at the main entrance to the campus.