List of tallest buildings in Houston

List of tallest buildings in Houston

This list of tallest buildings in Houston ranks skyscrapers in the U.S. city of Houston, Texas by height. The tallest building in Houston is the 75-story JPMorgan Chase Tower, which rises convert|1002|ft|m|0 in downtown Houston and was completed in 1982.Cite web|title=JPMorgan Chase Tower|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=jpmorganchasetower-houston-tx-usa|accessdate=2007-09-26|publisher=Emporis.com] It also stands as the tallest building in the state of Texas and the 11th-tallest building in the United States. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city and the state is the Wells Fargo Bank Plaza, which rises convert|992|ft|m|0.Cite web|title=Wells Fargo Bank Plaza|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=wellsfargoplaza-houston-tx-usa|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2007-11-01] Seven of the ten tallest buildings in Texas are located in Houston.

The history of skyscrapers in Houston began with the 1904 completion of the Lomas & Nettleton Building; this structure, rising 8 floors, is often regarded as the first skyscraper in the city.cite web|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb5553/is_199906/ai_n22408553|author=Bivins, Ralph|title=Houston Developer to Transform Early 'Skyscraper' into Loft Apartments.|date=1999-06-12|accessdate=2008-04-18|work=Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News|publisher=CNET Networks, Inc.] It was also the tallest steel-framed building west of the Mississippi River at the time of its completion. [cite web|author=Martin, Paige|url=http://www.franklinloftshouston.com/|title=Franklin Lofts in Houston|accessdate=2008-04-18|publisher=Martha Turner Properties] [cite web|url=http://www.inthelooplofts.com/For_Sale.html|title=Franklin Lofts|accessdate=2008-04-18|publisher=In The Loop Lofts] The building originally housed offices, but was converted into a residential loft tower in 1999 and renamed the "Franklin Lofts". As the Franklin Lofts is considered to be a low-rise building,cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=franklinlofts-houston-tx-usa|title=Franklin Lofts|accessdate=2008-04-18|publisher=Emporis.com] the 10-story 711 Main, which was completed in 1908 and rises 10 floors, was actually the city's first "high-rise" building to rise at least 10 floors.cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=capitollofts-houston-tx-usa|title=Capitol Lofts|accessdate=2008-04-18|publisher=Emporis.com] Although originally constructed as a commercial building, 711 Main was given a new glass and granite facade in 1980 and also renovated into a residential tower; its name subsequently changed to "The Capitol Lofts". Houston went through a small building boom in the early 1920s, and then experienced a much larger boom lasting from 1963 to the late 1980s. During this time 38 of the city's 45 tallest buildings were constructed, including the JPMorgan Chase Tower, the Wells Fargo Bank Plaza and the Williams Tower. The city is the site of 28 completed skyscrapers over convert|500|ft|m|0 in height, including 10 which rank among the tallest in the United States. Overall, the skyline of Houston is ranked (based upon existing and under construction buildings over convert|500|ft|m|0 tall) first in the South Central United States and fourth in the United States (after New York City, Chicago and Miami).ref label|note01|A|^ As of April 2008, there are 337 completed high-rises in the city.cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/ci/bu/sk/?id=101031|title=High-rise Buildings of Houston|accessdate=2008-03-30|publisher=Emporis.com]

Houston entered into another high-rise construction boom in 2002, and has since seen the completion of five buildings rising over convert|400|ft|m|0 tall. Four more skyscrapers are also under construction in the city, including MainPlace, which is planned to rise 46 stories and convert|630|ft|m|0.cite web|url=http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=68208|title=MainPlace|accessdate=2008-04-19|publisher=SkyscraperPage.com] Set to be completed in 2010, the building is the tallest structure currently under construction in Houston. There are also three skyscrapers approved or proposed for construction in the city. As of April 2008, there are 68 high-rise buildings under construction, approved for construction, and proposed for construction in Houston.

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Tallest buildings

This lists ranks Houston skyscrapers that stand at least convert|400|ft|m|0 tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. Existing structures are included for ranking purposes based on present height.

See also

* Architecture of Houston
* List of tallest buildings in Texas

Notes

:A. note label|note01|A|^New York has 216 existing and under construction buildings over 500 ft (152 m), Chicago has 107, Miami has 37 and Houston has 31. Source of skyline ranking information: SkyscraperPage.com: [http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?cityID=8 New York] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?cityID=4 Chicago] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?cityID=134 Miami] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?cityID=28 Houston] .:B. note label|note02|B|^Centerpoint Energy Plaza currently rises taller than One Shell Plaza, and was also completed in the 1970s, but at the time of ite completion the building only stood convert|651|ft|m|0 tall. An extension in 1996 increased its height by convert|90|ft|m|0. Therefore, One Shell Plaza was actually the tallest building completed in Houston in the 1970s.:C. note label|note03|C|^This building was originally known as the Lomas & Nettleton Building, but has since been renamed Franklin Lofts. :D. note label|note04|D|^Official height figures have never been released by this building's developer.:E. note label|note05|E|^The building was originally known as 711 Main, but has since been renamed The Capitol Lofts.

References

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* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/ci/bu/sk/li/?id=101031&bt=2&ht=2&sro=1 Emporis.com - Houston] ;Specific

External links

* [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?c28 Diagram of Houston skyscrapers] on SkyscraperPage


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