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Insiders get a sneak peek at plans for swanky new River Oaks high-rise

Insiders get a sneak peek at plans for swanky new River Oaks high-rise

Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, John Hammond; Pamela McGlashen; Kirk Tate
John Hammond, from left, Pamela McGlashen and Kirk Tate. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Jacob Sudhoff, Richard Leibovitch
Jacob Sudhoff, left, with Richard Leibovitch. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Jock and Jill Naponic
Jock and Jill Naponic. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Courtney Hopson; Neal Hamil
Courtney Hopson and Neal Hamil. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Anndra Mitchell; Christyn Breckenridge
Anndra Mitchell, left, and Christyn Breckenridge. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Diane Angel; William Kennerly; Tina Green
Diane Angel, from left, William Kennerly and Tina Green. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Scotti Campbell; Jacqueline Elliott
Scotti Campbell, left, and Jacqueline Elliott. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Richard and Carmela Lummis; Eric Lagdameo
Richard and Carmela Lummis, from left, and Eric Lagdameo. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, John Hammond; Pamela McGlashen; Kirk Tate
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Jacob Sudhoff, Richard Leibovitch
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Jock and Jill Naponic
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Courtney Hopson; Neal Hamil
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Anndra Mitchell; Christyn Breckenridge
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Diane Angel; William Kennerly; Tina Green
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Scotti Campbell; Jacqueline Elliott
Houston, The River Oaks High Rise Preview Party, June 2015, Richard and Carmela Lummis; Eric Lagdameo

What: Preview Party for The River Oaks High-Rise.

Where: The River Oaks Sales Center.

The 411: New York developer Richard Leibovitch is breathing new life into the former River Oaks Luxury Apartments with a $100 million state-of-the-art renovation, and nearly 100 insiders got a sneak peek at the plans for his luxe condo project, The River Oaks.

Located on Westheimer between Weslayan and Buffalo Speedway, the swank high-rise digs, slated to be completed early 2017, will feature 78 residences including two double-decker penthouses priced at $10 million each.

Among the crowd were several former residents of the apartment building, who reminisced about the golden days when the tenant list boasted such prolific notables as late actor John Wayne, who filmed the movie Hellfighters in Houston in 1968, and Oveta Culp Hobby, the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, first director of the Women's Army Corps, and owner of the Houston Post. 

Also on hand were top brass from managing partner, New York-based developer Arel Capital, who jetted in to greet neighbors and prospects, as well as to toast the Houston team working on the building including Rottet Studio, EDI International, McDugald-Steele, and Jacob Sudhoff of Sudhoff Companies, handling sales and marketing, who announced the official opening of the Sales Center. 

Who: Mary Craddock, Courtney Hopson, Brooke and Marc Graubart, Ellen and Skipper Brown, Carmela and Richard Lummis, Jill and Jock Naponic, Kelly and Mike Reddell, Carol and Michael Wilk, Marcia Mink and Andre Landon, Patricia Reed, John Hammond, Sally Tomlinson, Cliff Helmcamp, Lauren Rottet and Amber Lewis.