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Elder Street Artist Lofts

New Life for an Historic Site

1101 Elder Street, Houston, TX, 77007

Elder Street Artist Lofts


Rear Building City View

Artist Dana Samuelson

Artist John Atlas

View from a live/work space


Studio interior




There is no Artspace project which sits on land with greater historical interest than the Elder Street Artist Lofts. A municipal cemetery was established on the site in the 1840s, and over the next few decades thousands of people were buried here. The cemetery was not maintained, however, and in the early 1920s the Houston City Council decided to build a new municipal hospital on the site.

Completed in 1924 and long known as the Jefferson Davis Hospital, the building is a handsome red brick structure in the Classical Revival style. Houston’s rapid growth soon rendered it inadequate, and in 1938 a new hospital replaced it. Over the years, the building housed a variety of tenants, but it stood vacant for two decades before Artspace entered the picture.

Completed in 2005, this $6.3 million project houses 34 live/work units, many of which offer spectacular views of the downtown skyline. The building’s original terrazzo floors, high ceilings and large window openings all were retained. One feature of the project is a partial “green” roof — the first Artspace project to feature this environmentally sustainable amenity. 

Development Cost

$6.3 million


W.O. Neuhaus & Associates

Development Partner

Avenue Community Development Corporation

Learn More
Elder Street Overview (pdf, 100 KB)
Our Thanks to...


Apollo Housing Capital, LLC
City of Houston
Federal Home Loan Bank – AHP
Harris County
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Southwest Bank of Texas
Texas Department of Housing and Community Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Brown Foundation
Fayez Sarofim & Co.
Fondren Foundation
Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation
Houston Endowment
McGovern Fund
National Trust for Historic Preservation / HGTV Restore America Program
Rockwell Fund
Strake Foundation
Susan Vaughan Foundation
Washington Mutual Foundation
Wortham Foundation