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118-year-old Houston Club moves with the times, finds a $3.5 million renovation spot in a skyscraper

118-year-old Houston Club moves with the times, finds a $3.5 million renovation spot in a skyscraper

One Shell Plaza, skyscraper, Houston
One Shell Plaza, home to the Plaza's Club's 49th-floor location Khan.Princeton.edu
The Houston Club, The Houston Club Building
Site of the former 118-year-old The Houston Club in downtown The Houston Club/Facebook
The Downtown Plaza Club, dining room
A dining room at The Plaza Club ClubCorp.com
One Shell Plaza, skyscraper, Houston
The Houston Club, The Houston Club Building
The Downtown Plaza Club, dining room

Houston's oldest private club is getting a new partner and a new location.

With the Houston Club building at 811 Rusk sold to Skanska in 2011, the club needed a new location to call home after more than 50 years in the downtown high-rise built specifically for the private members-only club in the 1940s by Houston business mogul Jesse Jones.

The 118-year-old Houston Club is merging with the Plaza Club. The combined club property will keep the historic Houston Club name and be located at the current Plaza Club space on the 49th floor of One Shell Plaza, which is currently getting a $3.5 million renovation by Gensler which will include expanded private event space as well as upgrades in technology and design.

“Generally, we’re saddened to leave the building,” current club president Thomas Bett of Prator Bett told CultureMap last year. “At the same time, though, it’s exciting to find a new spot.”

Combining with Plaza Club brings the previously member-owned Houston Club into the ClubCorp family, which also includes the Downtown Club, Willow Creek Golf Club, Houston City Club and others in the Houston area and beyond.

According to the announcement, though Houston Club members have immediate privileges at the Plaza Club location, the former club location will remain open until the end of the year.