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Preservation Party

Young professionals party in stunningly re-imagined 1910 East End treasure with a fiery past

Young professionals party in East End treasure with fiery past

News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Kate Parsons, Regina Romano, Hallie Crawford.
Kate Parsons, Regina Romano, Hallie Crawford. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, chair Rob MacAskie, Kelly Barnhart, chair Emily Burke, Blair Gordon, chair Ed Persia.
Chair Rob MacAskie, Kelly Barnhart, chair Emily Burke, Blair Gordon, chair Ed Persia. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Olivia Persia, Lloyd French, Alice Johnson
Chair Olivia Persia, Lloyd French, Alice Johnson. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Matthew Wettergreen, Claudia Solis.
Matthew Wettergreen, Claudia Solis. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, David Denenburg, Lexie Boudreaux, Frani Denenburg, Aaron Boudreaux.
David Denenburg, Lexie Boudreaux, Frani Denenburg, Aaron Boudreaux. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Marisa Janusz, Rene Zamore, Elizabeth Marrin, Brett Zamore.
Marisa Janusz, Rene Zamore, Elizabeth Marrin, Brett Zamore. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Claire Cormier Thielke, Mary Senkel, Patricia Laurent, Melissa Eason.
Claire Cormier Thielke, Mary Senkel, Patricia Laurent, Melissa Eason. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Stuart Vardaman, Elizabeth Vardaman
Stuart Vardaman, Elizabeth Vardaman. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Christian Triantaphyllis , Emily Triantaphyllis
Christian Triantaphyllis , Emily Triantaphyllis. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Carey Kirkpatrick, David Rassin, Alison Lott
Carey Kirkpatrick, David Rassin, Alison Lott. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Asha Gandhi, Vikas Sodhani, Puja Verma
Asha Gandhi, Vikas Sodhani, Puja Verma. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Josh Salas, Whitney Gealy
Josh Salas, Whitney Gealy. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Kate Parsons, Regina Romano, Hallie Crawford.
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, chair Rob MacAskie, Kelly Barnhart, chair Emily Burke, Blair Gordon, chair Ed Persia.
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Olivia Persia, Lloyd French, Alice Johnson
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Matthew Wettergreen, Claudia Solis.
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, David Denenburg, Lexie Boudreaux, Frani Denenburg, Aaron Boudreaux.
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Marisa Janusz, Rene Zamore, Elizabeth Marrin, Brett Zamore.
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Claire Cormier Thielke, Mary Senkel, Patricia Laurent, Melissa Eason.
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Stuart Vardaman, Elizabeth Vardaman
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Christian Triantaphyllis , Emily Triantaphyllis
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Carey Kirkpatrick, David Rassin, Alison Lott
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Asha Gandhi, Vikas Sodhani, Puja Verma
News, Pier & Beam party, Dec. 2015, Josh Salas, Whitney Gealy

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.

While admiring the fusion of past and present, guests enjoyed nibbles from Crave Gourmet Bakery and Catered Café, food from Good Dog Houston and beverages from Laetitia Vineyards and Winery.

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 MacAskieOlivia 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.