James Bute Company
The exterior of James Bute Company warehouse.
The James Bute Company Warehouse, built in l909-1910 and named for the founder of the business, was the largest warehouse in Houston at the time of its completion. The work of well-known turn-of-the-century Houston architect, Olle J. Lorehn, Bute Company Warehouse relates to Houston's economic development, particularly as a regional wholesale distribution center, in the first decade of the 2Oth century. It is the primary remaining property representing the career of a l9th-century immigrant entrepreneur associated with Houston's wholesale trade, construction and real estate development. The property also reflects the impact of rail transportation on Houston's cultural, economic, and urban development by virtue of its date of construction, size, and location in the city's historic warehouse district. The building is listed on the National Registry. (From the Texas Historical Commission.)