The Old World Charms of Houston’s Isabella Court

Since it opened in 1929, Isabella Court, a three-story Spanish Colonial Revival apartment and retail complex in Midtown, has been a haven for artists, musicians, and other creative types. The building’s bohemian energy emanates from the Old World–style courtyard, a gathering place for residents to enjoy cocktails and conversation. Art dealer Arturo Palacios moved in eight years ago and opened Art Palace on the ground floor. The gallery closed recently, but Palacios, who is starting a new art venture, is staying put. “Living at Isabella Court is a daily reminder of the power of great architecture,” he says. “There is a creative spirit to this place that we all want to be good stewards of.”

Arturo Palacios was a fixture on the Austin arts scene with his Art Palace gallery, which he relocated to Houston, to the ground floor of Isabella Court, in 2010. Palacios, who moved into a top-floor corner apartment, recently closed the gallery to focus on his new venture, which blends a "commercial gallery, independent curating, and art consulting."

In addition to retail space on the ground floor, Isabella Court has fifteen apartments.

With its peeling stucco walls and wrought iron features, Isabella Court is the last remaining Spanish Colonial Revival building in the area.

Balconies add to the communal experience that has drawn creative types to Isabella Court for decades.

The Spanish Colonial architecture and special touches throughout the property give it a European feel.

Succulents and other potted plants fill the courtyard, the site of many impromptu gatherings.

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