Member Only Tour: Sawyer Yards
Learn about the history and development of Sawyer Yards with your fellow ULI Members. Sawyer Yards is a creative community thriving in the heart of Houston’s historic First Ward, surrounded by an active rail yard where 20+ trains change the landscape each day. Against this backdrop, industrial warehouses transformed into built- for-purpose studios are now home to one of the largest working artist communities in the country. This exceptional art community is complemented by creative businesses, public galleries, unique dining and entertainment venues—all brought to life through an active schedule of special events. You will get a behind the scenes look at the SITE Gallery Houston located inside the previous Riviana Foods rice grain silos.
Speaker: Jon Deal, The Deal Company
Jon Deal is a native Houstonian who grew up in Highland Village. In 1988, Deal received his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
Deal invested in small multi-family projects inside the loop and progressed to repurposing industrial and old commercial structures. Deal’s renovation work has been recognized with two GHPA Good Brick awards and the 2018 Urban Land Institute Development of Distinction award.
One of Deal’s first commercial redevelopments was Winter Street Studios, a 75,000 sq. ft. warehouse building built in 1926, converted into 77 working artist studios. In 2009, Jon followed this project with Spring Street Studios, an 80,000 sq. ft. warehouse, which houses 70 creative workspaces.
Deal continued to pursue commercial redevelopment in the First Ward. Since 2007, he has redeveloped The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Center Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, 1702 Taylor Street, 2500 Summer Street, and Sabine Street Studios. The Sawyer Yards Creative Campus spans 55+ acres of industrial warehouses near downtown, in Houston’s Historic First Ward neighborhood. Against this backdrop, industrial warehouses transformed into built-for-purpose studios are now home to one of the largest working artist communities in the country. This exceptional art community is complemented by creative businesses, public galleries, unique dining and entertainment venues—all brought to life through an active schedule of special events.
Jon Deal is married to Katie Deal and has three sons; Carter Deal, Camden Deal, and Jon Collins Deal. He is a member of the Houston Arts Alliance Board and is involved in various other charitable endeavors. Deal is a managing partner in Beaver’s, Weights and Measures, and El Patio restaurants.
Check-in/Breakfast/Networking – 8:00-8:30 am
Introductions/Tour – 8:30-9:30 am
This is a member only event. Not a member, but interested in joining? Take advantage of our June promotion for $50 off memberships for US Associate and Full private, public, and under 35. Offer excludes students and those lapsed less than 6 months. Use Promo Code: DCMEM50 (expires 6/30/18)
Want to attend the Sawyer Yards Tour for free? Join ULI by June 10, and email your membership confirmation to Misty Loocke. Five tickets will be reserved for new members.
Event Cost: $25