Some 200 Preservation Houston partygoers probably expected to find respectfully restored exteriors and exquisitely re-imagined interiors en route to the Pier and Beam's young professionals gathering at the Historic Fire Station No. 2, located on Sampson Street in Houston's historic East End.
Nonetheless, stepping into what's today a fabulous event space that garners the raw industrial spirit of its provenance and mingles it with minimalist, modern appointments was quite a revelation in creativity and innovation. Homeowners Anne Whitlock and Michael Skelly reconditioned the 1910 building that was occupied by the Houston Fire Department through 1938 with contemporary fixtures and metal detailing while leaving the beauty marks that tell the space's story.
Preservation Houston, as the only citywide historic preservation and advocacy group, has earned its rightful spot as a stalwart promoter of the many benefits of honoring the city's architectural past — the reason why chairs Emily Burke and Rob MacAskie, Olivia and Ed Persia and Nicole and Joey Romano lent their name to the social gathering.
In the crowd were Kelly Barnhart, Jonathan Beitler, Julie and Ryan Bergeron, Lexie and Aaron Boudreaux, Susie Bowen, Sara Cain, Delicia Carrithers, Jane-Page Crump, Frani and David Denenburg, Melissa Eason and Jeff Kaplan, Elizabeth Husseini, Marisa Janusz, Alison Lott, Jeryn and Walter Mayer, Caonabo de la Rosa Mejia and John Taylor, Laura and Dave Morris and Laura and David Nachtigall.