Block 1001, Lantern Village Apartment, Gulfton

United States > Houston > Block 1001, Lantern Village Apartment, Gulfton

Site Coverage  
Parking Ratio 150%
income group Medium
Range Heights 2
basic project statistics
gross building area 125284
units 1195
population 3605
site area 142000 sq. m
coverage 44.00
parking 2000
seniors 2
families w/ children 23
singles/couples 65
other 0
Gulfton, located in south-west Houston, was rapidly developed during the 1960s and 1970s with 3.2 sq. miles of apartment complexes targeted at young Caucasian individuals working in the oil industry. However, the decline in oil industry and the subsequent job loss in the mid-1980s left many apartments vacant and forced many complexes into foreclosure. To accommodate the change, landlords reduced rents and marketed to Hispanic and immigrant families and Guflton quickly became an immigrant neighborhood. “By 2000 Gulfton was the most densely populated community in Houston, with 71 percent Hispanic residents, including many recent immigrants from Mexico and Central America.” (wiki)
Lantern Village Apartment is located in central Gulfton. It has 1,792 units with 1,195 of them located in block 1001. Originally called Colonial House Apartments, the project - one of the biggest in Houston - was built in 1968 during the oil industry boom, consisting of 48 buildings on 48.9 acres of land and was renovated in the early 1980s with a $47 million HUD-backed loan. When the loan defaulted along with the decline in the oil industry, Colonial House was auctioned off for $8.9 million, leaving HUD a $42 million loss. Thereafter it was renamed “Lantern Village Apartment.” Today, Lantern Village provides one-to-four-bedroom, all-bills-paid apartments at a rent ranging from $600 to $1300. It provides luxuries amenities such as 17 swimming pools and community gyms.


Site specific information is estimated from Google Earth, the calculation of coverage and FAR excludes the outdoor covered parking. The number of parking is estimated from the area of covered parking.

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Other references include:
http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=1989_622289, accessed Nov.28th 2010
http://places.designobserver.com/entry.html?utm_source=Places_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_11_03_2010&entry=394, accessed Nov. 28th 2010
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulfton,_Houston#cite_note-KaplanPollack-11, accessed Nov 28th, 2010
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