Texas Downtown Association - Best
Recognizes excellence in rehabilitation (i.e., renovation
or remodeling) of interior or exterior of an existing building.
Brazos Valley Decorative Center, Bryan Submitted by: City of Bryan
The rehabilitation of the 1947 modernist International Harvester Building is another
example of the public-private investment that continues to preserve buildings and
revive business activity in Bryan's central business district. Since the building
has had few owners throughout its history, many original elements and details remained
in place. The metal canopy was in good shape and brick facades only required minor
repointing and cleaning. A historian and paint specialist were brought in to help
return the true International Harvester colors to the building. Signage for the
new tenant mimics the style of 1950s International Harvester dealerships. The new
building owner researched mid-century landscape design and incorporated it with
eco-friendly landscaping. The rehabilitation of this building at the south end of
downtown helps enhance one of downtown's gateway corridors. The building was financed
in part through the city's Downtown Improvement façade grant program. Judges noted
this project for keeping the interior industrial feel and effective use of space.
Texas Downtown Association ©2009
Mayor's Downtown Impact Award
The Mayor's Downtown Impact Award, created in 2000, celebrates progress in the city's
oldest business district, while recognizing those who go above and beyond to contribute
to this progress.
of Bryan, Texas ©2009