Houston's Zombie Skyscraper

Real estate horror? Abandoned, 10-story "zombie" building is back on the Houston market

Abandoned, 10-story "zombie" skyscraper is back on market

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3400 Montrose has been deemed a zombie building by one photographer. Courtesy photo
3400 Montrose, Scott Gertner
3400 Montrose has been vacant since shortly after Scott Gertner's Skybar closed in 2010.  Google Maps
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3400 Montrose, Scott Gertner

The abandoned 10-story, 95,849-square-foot structure at 3400 Montrose was described last year by photographer Patrick Bertolino as "what a building might look like after a zombie apocalypse, minus the zombies" — but maybe there's hope for it yet. 

Israeli owner Global Paragon has contracted the Houston office of Cushman & Wakefield of Texas to put the property back on the market. (Houston Business Journal was first to report this development).

"We are looking for the right development group to breathe life back into this iconic Montrose/Museum district property," Ed Nwokedi, Cushman & Wakefield's senior director and the property's listing agent, said in a statement. 

Neighborhood residents have waited for news of repurposing or renovation of 3400 Montrose, which emptied soon after Scott Gertner's Skybar & Grille closed in 2010 and has been sold twice in the intervening years.

 3400 Montrose emptied soon after Scott Gertner's Skybar closed in 2010 and has been sold twice in the intervening years. 

The building — which was built in 1953 and features a basement, nine-foot ceilings, a penthouse level with two balconies and first floor retail space — is situated on 41,000 square feet of land. The listing also includes a four-story, 300-space parking garage and two single-family homes

"This is the right time to redevelop due to the area's strong demand and demographics. Converting the building into mid-rise apartments or a boutique hotel would be ideal, but the office sector is also very strong in this market," Nwokedi said.