Houston's newest luxe apartment tower celebrates official opening with fireworks and rappelling aerialists

From aerialists rappelling down the building to a fireworks spectacular, two grand launch parties were double the fun as more than 700 guests turned out for the unveiling of new posh apartment tower, Catalyst Houston.

Located at 1475 Texas Avenue, the rental high-rise boasts postcard views of the field at Minute Maid Park and the downtown skyline.

A business-centric preview, with remarks from developer Darren Sloniger, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and Downtown District executive director Bob Eury, kicked off two consecutive nights of festivities. 

Attendees entered the soiree on the second night to find a lineup of shiny new BMW’s, courtesy of BMW of West Houston, in the valet and three floors of revelry spanning the ground floor lobby, and 9th and 26th floors. A raffle benefiting the Astros Foundation included a weekend drive in one of the luxury autos.

It was a thrill-a-minute as the unforgettable evening featured a duo of aerialists dancers who dropped 28 stories from the top of the building as guests watched from the nearly half-acre rooftop pool terrace, and fireworks extravaganza at adjacent Minute Maid Park after the Astros faced the San Diego Padres at home. 

What’s more, a wine tasting with Riana Mondavi and lively tunes by DJ Matt Murdock added to the fun.

The roster of bites included fare from Irma’s Southwest, relocating to the building’s ground floor in summer 2018, soon-to-open Bravery Chef Hall, Hotel Alessandra’s Bardot, Local Foods, J.W. Marriott Houston Downtown’s Main Kitchen and 806 Lounge, Hearsay, and Four Season Houston’s Bayou and Bottle.

Sips included super-chilled tequila poured through a massive ice bottle, from Pura Vida and craft coffee cocktails from Mueva Coffee Co.

Already more than 25 percent leased, Catalyst Houston, from Chicago-based Marquette Companies, features 359 apartments, including studios and traditional one, two and three-bedroom floor plans, and 7,400 square feet of first-floor restaurant space. Pricing for the units starts at $1,590 per month.

Celebrating the launch were State Representative Carol Alvarado, Katherine Whaley and Chris Wadley, Megan Pastor, Brian Thorp and Kirsten Neitsch Lees, James Sivco, Kaitlyn and Stewart Skloss, Shepard Ross, Roz and Alan Pactor, Natacha La Francesca, Megha Tejpal, Zach Hunt, Alex Vila, Lisa Gochman, Dominique McGhee, Joni and Michael Hoffman, Laurette Cañizares, Brandon Weinbrenner, and Scott Ziegler.