Humble Oil Building - Houston, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 29° 45.292 W 095° 22.006
15R E 271138 N 3293969
This classical revival, 9-story structure was designed by Clinton and Russell in 1921 as the headquarters for Ross Sterling’s Humble Oil Company. The building is now owned by Marriott and houses a Courtyard Hotel and Residence Inn.
Waymark Code: WMTQ5
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 10/09/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 101

This was the first office building in Houston to be air conditioned (1932), a development that was key to Houston’s future growth. The building has been converted from offices into a Courtyard Hotel. A few scattered photographs in the hotel’s lobby tell the story of Humble Oil. A Residence Inn is located in the building’s taller annex.

Before Ross S. Sterling became Governor of Texas, he had founded Humble Oil, selling a 50% interest in the company to Standard Oil of New Jersey (Esso). Over time, Esso acquired a majority stake in Humble Oil. In the late 1960's, Esso folded several of its subsidiaries into itself, of which Humble Oil was but one, creating the behemoth Exxon.

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Street address:
1212 Main Street
Houston, TX USA

County / Borough / Parish: Harris County

Year listed: 1999

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1900-1949

Historic function: Office Building

Current function: Hotel

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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