Opened in 1952, the Melrose Building marked the first Houston skyscraper in the international style. Today, Le Méridien Houston Downtown is defined by its modern style with touches of European history and hospitality, while mainting many of the orginal features of the Melrose Building which is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A History of Innovation
The Melrose Building was designed by Hermon Lloyd and William B. Morgan, prolific Houston architects responsible for both large scale and smaller projects including the Astrodome and the Allen Center development. The building uses large ribbon windows, cantilevered, concrete eyebrows, and glazed ceramic spandrel panels to create the horizontal emphasis and focus on weightless volume necessary to the international style.
A Historic Rebirth
After sitting empty for two decades, the Melrose Building underwent a complete renovation from 2015 to 2017. Now home to Le Méridien Houston Downtown, the building now features 255 guest rooms, 34 suites and a lively rooftop lounge. The transformation fills the interior with modern amenities while returning the façade to the original style that made it so iconic and vibrant in the 1950s.