Houston, Texas has no shortage of great architecture. Some of tallest buildings in Houston are J.P. Morgan Chase Tower, Wells Fargo Bank Plaza, Williams Tower and the Bank of America Center. Tall buildings are what make a city skyline.
Perhaps the most architecturally pleasing of these is the 56-story Bank of America Center building in downtown Houston. The Williams Tower is a close second, and is an art deco pleasure constructed by the same team of architects that designed the Bank of America building.
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The glistening black tower of smooth steel reaching for the sky is known as Wells Fargo Bank Plaza. All beacons of capitalism, these buildings were erected in the early 80s.
When discussing architecture in Houston, albeit not a structure that paints the skyline, the Astrodome also needs mentioning.
As one drives into any city, structures rise up to greet their guests, and give definition to the skyline. They act like an architectural welcoming committee! The night, complimented by the blessings of Thomas Edison, showcase a city’s skyline.
That being said, one cannot miss the 75-story J.P. Morgan originally planned for 80 floors, but later limited by the Federal Aviation Administration’s 75 story limit, was designed by I.M. Pei and was constructed in 1980.
The Wells Fargo Bank Plaza is the 2nd tallest building in Houston, at 71 stories. Having experienced a few name changes over the years, like several buildings subject to the gyrations in corporate America, it was once the Allied Bank Plaza and the First Interstate Bank Plaza.
This shining tower built in 1983, with its smooth lines and captivating appearance, is the largest multi-tenant building in this part of the country.The Bank of America Center building, a 56-floor wonder, built in 1983, was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee.
Appearing as if it were 3 buildings, the office tower is divided by two ascending setbacks rising into the sky. It is easily one of the most remarkable buildings in Houston. The Williams Tower, an architectural art deco masterpiece, was also designed by the same architectural team that designed the Bank of America building. This 64-story tower was built in 1983.
The Houston Astrodome was built in 1965. This multiuse arena, called “the eighth wonder of the world,” was considered an architectural marvel. This stadium, with 70,000 seats, was the first domed stadium ever constructed. Baseball seating capacity is 54,000 and capacity for football games is 64,000. It was also home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 36 years.
The Astrodome is now in a state of disrepair, and referendums presented to raise funds and rehabilitate this aging facility have not passed. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in January 2014. This does render the property eligible for tax incentives for the value of expenses required to maintain it.
Protection under this status is not guaranteed, but there are financial incentives for the owners of buildings on this list to maintain them.
Architecture makes a city what it is. With limited land and expanding needs for additional space in our city centers, up was the only way to go. Today the tallest buildings collectively draw a city’s skyline, and Houston is no exception. It has an eclectic mix of pleasing architecture painting its evolving skyline.
About the author: Rob Frigo is owner and operator of Promenade Homes, in Perth, Australia.