When it was constructed in 1926, the Post Dispatch Building was the tallest building in Houston. Home to the namesake newspaper, the building was liquidated, along with the publication, in 1932, and subsequently became the address for the corporate offices of Shell Oil Company. In the early aughts, it reopened as Magnolia Houston

This summer, Magnolia Houston unveiled the rewards of a multiyear renovation, which included enhancements to the meeting spaces, ballroom, rooms and suites, and public spaces. The revival of the Magnolia Houston pays homage to its roots as the once-upon-a-time home to a newspaper conglomerate with details such as typewriter keys outlining columns and a printing press reception desk. Featuring 314 rooms and suites, the hotel also includes a rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness center and more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space on the hotel’s third floor. 

Celebrating the completion of its structural framework, Austin Marriott Downtown hosted a unique “topping off” event in collaboration with local spirit masters Garrison Brothers Distillery. In place of the traditional raising of the final beam ceremony, the hotel raised three Garrison Brothers bourbon barrels via crane onto the hotel’s rooftop.


Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch.


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