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Bank of America Center (Houston) photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Bank of America Center (Houston) photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Bank of America Center (Houston) photograph.
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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The Bank of America Center

Formerly: NationsBank Center
Formerly: RepublicBank Center
Built: 1983
Designed by: Johnson/Burgee Architects and Kendall/Heaton Associates
Type: Skyscraper
Stories: 56
Maximum Height: 780 feet / 238 meters
Location: 700 Louisiana Street, Houston, United States
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Description by Wayne Lorentz
A n example of what happens when you crossbreed skyscrapers with old homes. The gables were inspired by the canal houses of The Netherlands, and give the building an instantly-recognizable appearance. The first section is 21-stories tall, while the whole building reaches a height of 56-stories. The building also sets itself apart from the other buildings in the skyline which are blue, black, and white. Bank of America Center is dark pink in appearance, being clad in red Swedish granite. Attached to the tower is a similarly-gabled square building referred to as the "banking hall." The Bank of America Center actually envelopes the old two-story Western Union building inside this hall. The old building was not razed because of the electrical connections it houses. That's why the second floor of the building is so far from street level. From the air you can get a better sense of how the setbacks are laid out, and really appreciate its unique shape. With the exception of the Chase Bank building (not to be confused with Chase Tower, or Chase Plaza, not pictured, or any of the two or three dozen other Chase buildings in the city) this is Houston's only attempt at a classic 1920's-style skyscraper. It is not easily recognizable as such because it has thrown off the shackles that bind such buildings in New York and Chicago in order to be very very modern, and match the rest of the city. Houston has a very new skyline compared to others in the United States. It only began experimenting with true skyscrapers in the 1970's and 1980's -- fifty years later than the great architectural capitals of the world. This building succeeds in taking something from the outside world and bending it to meet local sensibilities, which is a recurring theme not only in Houston, but in the whole of Texas. The skyscraper has changed names three times since completion. Originally RepublicBank Center, then NationsBank Center and now Bank of America Center. Computer gaming enthusiasts will recognize this building as one of the rewards available in the game SimCity 3000.

  • June, 2001 - During a flood caused by tropical storm Allison, the Bank of America Center's parking garage fills with 80,000,000 gallons of water. A woman trying to move her car to a safer location drowns when the elevator heading to the garage fills with water.
  • April 9, 2007 - The Houston Business Journal reports this building is being sold by Hines.
  • August 24, 2007 - The building is sold to Novati Group for an undisclosed amount of money believed to be between $176 million and $370 million.

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LLOYD BING
Friday, August 24th, 2012 @ 11:12am
Rating: Five stars.
This Building is magnificent ;it defines Houston

Robin Yeager
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 @ 2:04pm
Rating: Five stars.
We love working in 700 Louisiana Street building, it is so clean and new.US Energy Markets has grown so much in this building across many floors.

Wayne
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 @ 12:38am
Rating: Five stars.
One of the defining structures of Houston. A true treasure.

Michael
Saturday, March 31st, 2007 @ 11:31pm
Rating: Five stars.
The photos are lovely. Having lived in Houston, I can tell you this building--resonates--It is simply beautiful in person.

raju kr. kar
Saturday, March 24th, 2007 @ 4:21am
Rating: Three stars.
its seemslike touching the sky..

Dr.S.G.McConnell
Thursday, December 28th, 2006 @ 7:24pm
Rating: Four stars.
The most impressive building in the complex.I would have been so proud to have been associated in its design and construction, especially its design.

David Woods
Saturday, April 8th, 2006 @ 7:48pm
Rating: Five stars.
This is my favorite building in Texas. It is an absolutely stunning piece of architecture. Houston has the most interesting skyscrapers in Texas anyway and this ones tops them all.

bkjones98
Friday, March 31st, 2006 @ 12:49pm
Rating: Five stars.
I love this building--my favorite in Houston. In my opinion it is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world.


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