Suzanne Sellers Mural on Houston Club Building
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Have you ever heard of pocket parks? A pocket park is a tiny space compared to most parks which are larger just as a pocket is a small piece of a larger garment.
The Cameron/JPMorgan Chase Park qualified as such. This park was a small downtown Houston urban space that was dedicated in the year 2001. Suzanne E. Sellers painted a gorgeous mural on the side of the Houston Club Building which no longer exists.
The tiny park was designed for the people of Houston or out of town visitors who happened to be in the downtown area and who might have wished to enjoy some outdoor air and inviting space in which to spend a few moments of time or linger a while longer.
The large mural which covered 4000 square feet of space and measured 40 by 95 feet was painted on one corner of the Houston Club Building by Houston artist Suzanne E. Sellers who has also created other public works of art in Houston and elsewhere.
Suzanne Sellers is a talented artist who got her undergraduate degree in art education at Southwest Texas State University and went on to get her masters degree in art at the University of Houston. Sellers also creates other types of art in addition to her murals which include paintings, tiles, and mixed media. Her works of art are in public as well as private collections.
Muted Hues of Houston was the title of this mural which showcased different historical images of Houston. This charming pocket park could be found at the intersection of Milam and Capitol streets.
An inscribed plaque stated that the Cameron/JPMorgan Chase Park was a privately owned park provided for the enjoyment of people.
The park was not intended to be used at night, and therefore no sleeping or camping was allowed. Listed rules on the plaque also forbid the use of alcoholic beverages on the premise, smoking, skateboarding, bicycling or skating. People were to stay out of the fountains.
Some artwork by Houston children was attached to the side of the building.
A Miro sculpture could be viewed across the street from the pocket park.
The Cameron/JPMorgan Chase Park was a refreshing oasis in the heart of downtown Houston. I would imagine that many people who work downtown happily used the space to eat a bite of lunch. Perhaps they relaxed after work before commuting home at night.
I took these photos some time ago on a quiet weekend when the downtown streets were not abuzz with activity as it would be during normal Monday through Friday work hours.
It was a nicely shaded little park with quite a few wrought iron tables and chairs. The sounds of the splashing water added an excellent ambient noise that was relaxing. Birds were chirping and flitting from one tree to the next.
The 18 story Houston Club Building upon which this mural by Suzanne E. Sellers had been painted was imploded in the sake of progress. In its place will be a new 35 story building dedicated mostly for office space. Capitol Tower will be the new name.
You can watch the implosion of the old building in the video below.
I am so happy that I got to take these photos and record them for historical purposes.
The Houston Club which is a private club has been relocated as of January, 2013 into a new location in One Shell Plaza in downtown Houston. A final image of the mural on the Houston Club Building by Suzanne E. Sellers can be viewed below.
Address where the Houston Club Building used to stand and where Capitol Tower will take its place: 811 Rusk, Houston, Texas 77002.