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Elder Street Artist Lofts (Jefferson Davis Hospital)

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Jefferson Davis Hospital
1924, W. A. Dowdy; 2005, W. O. Neuhaus Associates. 1101 Elder St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The first public health hospital in Houston, Jefferson Davis Hospital was superseded in 1937 when a newer city-county hospital of the same name was built on Allen Parkway. By the early twenty-first century, although still owned by Harris County, this two- and three-story brick building, set above a raised basement, was a wreck. A community development corporation, Avenue CDC, partnering with Artspace USA, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit developer of affordable space for artists and arts organizations, acquired the property from Harris County in 2002. Working with William O. Neuhaus III they transformed it into thirty-four living units and associated gallery and community spaces in a certified rehabilitation that has restored the building to its historical role as a neighborhood landmark.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Elder Street Artist Lofts (Jefferson Davis Hospital)", [Houston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 366-366.

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