In 2018, Saigebrook Development announced its plans to renovate the building into apartments, bringing more than two decades of negligence to an end. Partnering with our downtown neighbor, Encore captured video and drone footage of the construction over a period of eleven months and procured interviews from some of the building’s former employees to produce a short documentary highlighting the building’s rich, 60-year history.
Alton Plaza – Where History Becomes New
Located in downtown Longview, the historic Petroleum Building was originally constructed in 1953 as a parking garage and was later transformed into a swank office building housing a number of oil-related businesses, as well as first-floor jewelry and coffee shops. Upon the discovery of asbestos in the 1990s, the building was abandoned and vandalized.
Today, the Petroleum Building is ushering in the new era of downtown residential living as Alton Plaza, a National Green Building providing 48 stylish one and two-bedroom apartment units for mixed-income housing.