LE VILLE FONTAINE
Design & Development by F. Carrington Weems II
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LAMAR HOTEL, BLOCK 139
Robert Sobel of Houston, and later New York City, designed this building for me, and with me, looking over his shoulder. By then, I had become a commercial real estate broker, and a would-be office developer, specializing in downtown projects. I worked on many projects, including extensive efforts on the LamarHotel, Block 139, with Fisher Brothers and Tishman Spier of New York; The Vantage Company and Canadian Pacific; and CullenCenter, delivering three purchase proposals. In 1978-79, I sold a joint venture half interest in Texas Eastern’s “Houston Center” to Cadillac Fairview of Toronto, Canada. I was the sole broker and it was the largest commercial transaction to have occurred in Texas at that time.
This building was proposed for the southwest corner of McKinney and Main Streets where once stood the C & I Life Building adjacent to the Lamar Hotel (also pictured), and across the street from the gorgeous First City Bank Lobby designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1957.
I hated to leave my love of architectural design to become a full-time business man, but I had a growing family to support and architecture at my level has never been a high paying profession. I attempted to stay as close to it as I could in my business life, and did, as you can see here. I have designed every structure that I have ever built.