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Uptown Corpus Christi Welcomes with Open Arms, The Chamberlain

11/03/2020 02:40PM ● By Luis Arjona

By: Luis Arjona   Photos courtesy of: The Chamberlain

Corpus Christi has a history. Unexplored history, I'd add. Like Detroit, Michigan, the uptown and downtown areas are open for business for the next generation of development, businesses, and renewed infrastructure. Located on the intersection of Buffalo and North Upper Broadway streets lives the vacant H-E-B headquarters before their move to San Antonio in 1985. This site's rich history dates back to 1857 when it became the Corpus Christi Lighthouse for nearly a century, followed by Southern Minerals Corporation in 1953 and then headquarters to H-E-B Grocery Company in 1971. Last year, Frazier Companies acquired the building with a vision for the future as The Chamberlain.

Frazier Companies is a local, family-run, business established in 2019. Originating from their Scottish heritage, The Chamberlain was named from the historical roots of the Frazier family. A fact that would make William Wallace proud. 

"We traced back our roots to Scotland and found out a Frazier (Fraser) was named a Lord High Chamberlain of Scotland. Also, a Chamberlain is a well-renowned business person who knows how to run a business from front to back. So, the name is something people could identify with from both outside and within the family."

The earnest and poignant rebranding of The Chamberlain will supersede the previous status of the building. Starting now and leading into the prosperous future of consistent growth and local investment feeding into revitalizing our downtown and uptown districts.

Upon speaking with Derrick Frazier, the commitment to revitalizing Corpus Christi is an evident Frazier Companies' mission. Occupying the top floor of The Chamberlain, Frazier Companies will establish their home base and underscore their commitment to Corpus Christi and the uptown district. "We are trying to be very intentional and selective with our time. And I do believe The Chamberlain is something Corpus Christi will appreciate now and into the future." A statement by Derrick Frazier while discussing the plans for the development and future of Frazier Companies.

Receiving an interior restoration provided by the excellent skill from Dykema Architects, The Chamberlain will cater to any business looking to upgrade their workspace. The exterior will undergo historic preservation by maintaining the original Art Deco façade to acknowledge the city's history. The architectural elements that come from the Art Deco movement are also a lost art of initial modernization paired with attention to craft and materials. Originating in France, the architectural movement was the leading style that would open the door for modern architecture and the International Style. Two influences we are familiar with in cities like Chicago and New York. Maintaining the building's construction history is a nice tip of the cap to what Corpus Christi once was and the promising future of our beloved city.

Furthermore, the location of The Chamberlain is unrivaled, with beautiful vantage points over downtown and the bay. To maximize the use of such a locale, an addition of a rooftop terrace will serve as an event space named The Beacon. The Beacon rooftop is available for tenants and their guests by reservation. Spectacular views of the bay provide the perfect backdrop for business or celebratory events. Uniquely named for the original 1857 Corpus Christi Lighthouse that stood in this very spot, once again will The Beacon will shine on the shore for a new generation.

Set to open mid-2021, The Chamberlain is now leasing its basement, first-floor restaurant / retail spaces, and second floor Class A offices. A total of 23,000 rentable square feet is available for lease. If your business is looking for a new location or community, The Chamberlain will be waiting for you.

Contact: @thechamberlaincc
807 N. Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, TX 78401