Harris County Precinct 2, Sylvan Beach Pavilion Renovation

Civic & Community, Hospitality, Renovation & Restoration, Government


La Porte, Texas


13,600 sf

Project Features
  • Historic restoration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Coastal code compliance
Sylvan Beach Pavilion, originally designed by Houston architectural firm Greacen & Brogniez, first opened its doors in 1956. The building became an instant classic in the La Porte community and hosted weddings, graduations, and numerous musical guests. Unfortunately, due to its coastal location, the pavilion was damaged by seven hurricanes over the years. In 2008, Hurricane Ike finally caused its closure.

In 2011, Commissioner Jack Morman, aided by local non-profit Friends of Sylvan Beach Park & Pavilion, secured three separate historic designations for the space and made the renovation a priority. The pavilion is now listed in the National Historic Register by the Texas Historical Commission, is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark, and is recognized as a State Archaeological Landmark. Kirksey partnered with Walter P Moore to perform testing and analysis as part of schematic design and a feasibility report. Through extensive study and coordination with the Texas Historical Commission, a new custom window wall that pays aesthetic respect to the original was installed. The team also presented the THC with alternate specifications for replacement materials that would be less susceptible to long term damage from wind, rain and salt. Kirksey was able to improve life safety and security, and completed in 2013, the pavilion is once again a bustle of activity for Galveston Bay.
Doug Hammel, AIA 713 426 7523
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Doug has amassed a wealth of technical knowledge over his 31-year career, specifically in code, coastal design, and project management for a host of hospitality, hotel, club, spa, condo, mixed use and residential clients. His expertise in building detailing, envelope enclosure, and waterproofing is crucial to the success of any mid-rise or high-rise building.

  • Preservation Houston: Good Brick Award, 2014
  • AIA Houston Design Award, Renovation/Restoration, 2014