Bank of America Center (Houston, Texas)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 29° 45.639 W 095° 22.012
15R E 271142 N 3294611
Quick Description: The Bank of America Center is a 238 m (780 feet) 56 story office tower in downtown Houston. Built in 1983, it has three segmented tower setbacks, each with a steeply pitched gabled roofline topped off with spires.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 6:45:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMGPCR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
The Bank of America Center is a 238 m (780 feet) 56 story office tower in downtown Houston. Built in 1983, it has three segmented tower setbacks, each with a steeply pitched gabled roofline topped off with spires.

The building was designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, and is reminiscent of the Dutch Gothic architecture of canal houses in The Netherlands. It the 55th tallest building in the US and is the 7th tallest in the state Texas.

Per the building owner's website ("M-M Properties"): (visit link)

"The building encompasses 1.25 million square feet of office and retail space and is linked to the extensive Downtown Houston tunnel system.

The interior and exterior of the building is sheathed in rough textured Napoleon red granite, quarried in Sweden and finished in Italy. Even the surrounding sidewalks are composed of the same granite used in the building. The lobby is highlighted by an 18 foot high 1914 Seth Thomas clock, of which only 300 were ever built.

The entrance from Louisiana Street is an impressive seventy-five foot high, arched granite doorway. The granite stonework soars upward to 102 feet, 10 stories, and is so intricate that specialists from Spain were brought to Houston to install the more than 100 pieces around the arch. This archway continues through the center of the building to a second arched doorway that opens onto Smith Street. As an added feature, three of the lower office tower floors are bisected by the archway and connected by pedestrian bridges.

The office tower is divided by two major set backs into three segments, giving it the appearance of three adjoining buildings. At the largest points it measures 777 feet high and 110 feet wide. The tower has a steeply pitched gabled roofline that is topped off with spires. The sculpted metal obelisks, made from lead and coated copper, raise from every roof level creating a unique silhouette and dramatic coloring. The obelisks may seem small but are actually eight feet tall on the gable ends, with the topmost finials a crowning 12 feet high. In all, the building is topped with 86 obelisks.

Perhaps the most unusual feature of Bank of America Center is the separate banking hall. It stands approximately 125 feet, 12 stories high at the peak, but only contains three inside levels. This dramatic open space is flooded with natural light from the 10 bronze-framed skylights that run the full 250-foot length of the structure.

There are 32 passenger elevators each finished with rare and beautiful wood panels that include Birdseye Maple, Macassar Ebony, Italian Willow, Tamo and Kevazingo."
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