Buffalo Bayou Park – Discovery of the “Cistern”
6pm reception; 6:30 pm presentation
315 Capitol Street, Suite 120
Join BBP and host Architecture Center Houston for a presentation with Guy Hagstette, BBP consultant and project manager for Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to Sabine and Douglas Smith, Vice President of SmartGeoMetrics to discuss what was found below the future site of The Water Works Sky Lawn along Buffalo Bayou and Sabine Street.
The “Cistern,” as it has been dubbed, was the City of Houston’s first underground drinking-water reservoir. Built in 1927, it provided decades of service until it was drained when it sprang a leak that couldn’t be located or contained.
Unused for years, the 87,500-square-foot expanse includes 25-foot tall, slender concrete columns set row upon row, hovering over 2 inches of water on the reservoir’s floor. Buffalo Bayou Park designers recognized immediately that this highly unusual space brims with potential for new life as an imaginable public space. Read this Houston Chronicle article by Lisa Gray from January 2012 and watch this Channel 11 interview with Guy Hagstette.
Because this space is not accessible to the public, thanks to Houston-based SmartGeoMetrics, park users are able to get an unprecedented view of the Cistern, through their 3D imaging. During the presentation, a number of images and videos will be shown to experience this unique space.