HOUSTON | Williams Tower | 901 FT / 275 M | 64 FLOORS | 1983
The Williams Tower (formerly the Transco Tower), is a skyscraper located in the Uptown District of Houston. It was designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, in association with Houston-based Morris-Aubry Architects, and erected in 1983. The tower is among Houston's most visible buildings and can be seen from as far away as Katy, Texas, a city located approximately 30 miles (48 km) west of Houston. The building is the 4th-tallest in Texas and the 23rd-tallest in the United States. When it was built, in 1983, it stood as the tallest skyscraper located outside a city's central business district.
My favorite building in Houston. I could never not stare at it when I lived there. I especially love the view of the building at night when you're heading northbound on I-610 and you crest the top of the interstate where it crosses over 59. Uptown is all lit up before you and the Williams Tower just stands out beautifully!!!
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I've never really paid any attention to this building before this thread, but now I gotta say that I like it -- a lot. It's one of the few all glass towers (base notwithstanding) that reads like a finely massed art deco skyscraper without trying to directly copy any of them. Actually, I'm trying to think of another in its class, and I can't.
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