The Montrose Hotel is designed to offer a unique experience for Houston visitors within it's namesake's neighborhood. The developer, Goodnight Hospitality, is not new to the neighborhood. They have been curating alluring destinations that strengthen the diverse context of their locale starting with Goodnight Charlie’s in 2017, followed by three new restaurant concepts slated to open later this year. The hotel seeks to create a synergy among these projects and fill a missing link in the Houston landscape for small boutique hotels in walkable neighborhoods.
The building holds the front building setback with a lush landscaped wall and perforated brick screen that provides a softly glowing lantern along Dunlavy street in the evening. A small bar and lounge occupies the ground floor and opens onto a landscaped outdoor living space. The compact, three story hotel’s rooms orient towards the private courtyard space and a large green roof over covered parking.
“I always imagined a house that wrapped around a pool...unassuming from the street but surprising when you walk through.”
The project began with this request to have a home that was understated but uniquely unfolded after entering. Each living space redirects orientation; expansive courtyard views shift to private gardens, and neighborhood foliage is displayed in vaulted clerestory windows, also giving unexpected volume to the low-slung house. The house is organized around an existing pecan tree and proposed pool with bedrooms off the courtyard. The living room and master bedroom bookend this oasis with covered patios under the canopy overlooking the pool.
Given the context of a busy thoroughfare in an older residential neighborhood, the owner of this property requested a modern home that felt comfortable on the block, private from the front, and open to rear yard play. The house is positioned to hug the south property line in order to feature an open area sheltered by a grove of trees to the north. Both levels of the home engage the tree lined yard, with a large covered deck nestled into the first floor and a generous balcony on the second floor overlooking the vista.
A two-story volume fills the center of the home with warm, southern light. Sustainable features include solar panels, a water cistern, and a native Texas landscape. At its core, this home is designed for family, foster dogs, well-curated music, and Aggie game days.