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Old Posted Apr 6, 2008, 8:29 PM
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HOUSTON | Bank of the Southwest Tower | 1,404 FT / 428 M | 82 FLOORS | NEVER BUILT

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This was actually a serious proposal until about 1990. Didn't go through because of the oil bust. Sad.

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It was going to be an all-office tower. I think the basic design is being used for a tower going up in Dubai.
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...was this the tower designed by Helmut Jahn?
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It's a nice tower, but I don't have to say that it looks like several others.
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It's a nice tower, but I don't have to say that it looks like several others.
actually, the 'several others' were based on this proposal.
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79th Floor, 360 degree observation deck.

That alone makes me wish this was built.
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actually, the 'several others' were based on this proposal.
In that case, it's a shame it was never built.
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...was this the tower designed by Helmut Jahn?
That was my exact first thought.
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What a loss!
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This is my favorite building that was never built. It would have looked amazing in downtown Houston!
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Damn oil bust. Wish the oil boom could have lasted an extra three years or so, and this tower would have happened here in Houston.
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Longterm it would've been a nice addition but in the short and mid terms it would've made the mid to late 80s bust even worse for the office market--even if it had shifted to become the late 80s/early 90s bust.
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There is another one out there with a restaurant inside a dome at the very top. I used to have a rendering of it and it is in a book about that skyscraper competition. Anyone have it?
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Oh well. Such is the way of economic cycles. Denver lost it's fair share of office towers in the 80's to the oil bust as well. Here is my fav lost tower: Reliance Center http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=148924
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Wow, this would have been an amazing building in Houston. I really like the look of it. I think they style of it would have fit in perfectly in the downtown core. Too bad.
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Here is another I found online somewhere:

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I think that was KPF's submission into the design competition.

Where did you find it?
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Hey, it lived on. Helmut Jahn recycles.

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Hey, it lived on. Helmut Jahn recycles.


Recycled a third time in Chicago as Two Prudential Plaza. http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?buildingID=32

Interesting it is the tallest of the three but less of an impact on Chicago's skyline because of the other tall Chicago buildings and its location.
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Houston's been screwed by the FAA more than once. Chase (then Texas Commerce Tower) was supposed to be over 1100 ft tall, but the feds made them chop off a few stories because of Hobby.
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ugh I hate Hobby Airpot...errrr
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