La Colombe d’Or combines the charm of old-world Houston with the grace and elegance of new contemporary architecture. The development consists of a new high-rise luxury apartment tower, the historic mansion hotel and restaurant as well as Zimmerman Park, a pocket greenspace at the northwest corner of the site dedicated in honor of the hotel’s owners in commemoration of their partnership with Hines on the overall project.
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The Residences at La Colombe d’Or
Residential Interior Built
Lauren Rottet, Chris Evans, Amber Lewis, Taylor Mock, Mariah Buras, Maksim Koloskov
Formerly the private residence of the founder of Humble Oil, which later became Exxon, the Fondren Mansion was extensively renovated and repositioned into a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant. As the Interior team we think of how the guest and owner will perceive the property from the moment they see it through every aspect of its use. To set the tone, we used images of Houston’s Space age monorail and Astrodome as well as the contemporary Art Museum architecture of the neighborhood in contrast with historic images of the site and the original La Colombe d’Or in the south of France. Preserving the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of Mediterranean architecture, of which the original La Colombe d’Or was fashioned, the interior views are focused out to the lush greenery of the neighborhood and the landscaped courtyard in between the new tower and the existing mansion. The juxtaposition of the mansion’s old Southern charm and the tower’s modern vibes mesh elegantly as both experiences are tied together with an impressive personal art collection of over 350 pieces scattered throughout public areas and guestrooms.
Inspired by the original Colombe d’Or Hotel where artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse frequented in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, La Colombe d’Or in Houston is a landmark of artful design and good cheer. In fact, each of the mansion guest suites are named after prominent artists: Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. These 5 unique hotel suites in the mansion were renovated to maintain their original charm and character. An additional 27 new hotel rooms, which combine contemporary style with old world materials and antiques, were added to the first two floors of the new tower. Both the mansion and tower guest suites are serviced by Tonight + Tomorrow, the historic hotel’s three-meal restaurant led by local Houstonian Chef Jonathan Wicks.
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