Funeral Bars Reborn

Infamous funeral bars getting replaced by a $125 million mixed-use tower: Neighbors' prayers answered?

Infamous funeral bars to be replaced by $125 million mixed-use tower

The Kirby Collection rendering February 2015
Rendering of The Kirby Collection, a $125 million, million-plus square foot mixed-use project. Thor Equities/Vimeo

The Kirby Collection, a $125 million mixed-used development aiming to create the ultimate live-work-play community where a rowdy collection of funeral home bars once stood, is set to break ground in April or May.

Landowner and New York-based developer Thor Equities released renderings as well as a slick, head-spinning 3D video on Vimeo touting the future compound. The project is bounded by Kirby Drive and West Main, Colquitt and Lake streets.

According to Thor Equities, The Kirby Collection will include:

  • A 25-story, 385,000-square-foot high-end residential tower featuring 199 luxury rental units overlooking an acre of landscaped amenity deck and anchored by a penthouse-level "Skyview Suite." The suite, with a chef's kitchen and panoramic views of the Houston skyline, is available to all residents.
  • Two levels of retail space totaling 67,000 square feet to entice restaurants, wine bars and shopping.
  • A 13-story, 200,000-square-foot boutique office building.

The Kirby Collection plans to open in the second quarter of 2017. Los Angeles-based Richard Keating Architecture is the design architect, while Los Angeles-based Dianna Wong Architecture + Design is the interior designer. Houston-based Kirksey is serving as architect.

Just last May, the infamous funeral bars — nightclubs Roak, Hendricks Pub and OTC — shuttered when Thor Equities announced the site would be redesignated to unrestricted use to make way for The Kirby Collection. That decision was preceded by several years of complaints from homeowners in the nearby David Crockett subdivision about the Upper Kirby bar/nightclub complex that partied hard in the former funeral home complex.

See the sneak peek preview of The Kirby Collection: