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List of Famous Houston Buildings & Structures

List of the famous landmarks that make up the Houston skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Houston architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Houston are included on this list. Information about these Houston buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Houston and older historic landmarks.

List features buildings like Williams Tower, JPMorgan Chase Tower.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Houston?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Houston. Famous architectural houses within the city of Houston are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.
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    Allen Center

    The Allen Center is a skyscraper complex in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States. It consists of five buildings, One Allen Center, Two Allen Center, Three Allen Center, Allen Center Clay Street, and Five Allen Center. The complex has about 3,000,000 square feet of space.  ...more
    • City/Town: Texas, USA
    • Structural Height (m): 137.77
  • The American General Center is a complex of several office buildings in Neartown Houston, Texas located along Allen Parkway. It is owned by AIG American General. The America Tower, the tallest building is a 590 ft tall skyscraper. It was completed in 1983 and has 42 floors. It is the 19th tallest building in the city. It serves as the headquarters of Baker Hughes. It served as the former headquarters of Continental Airlines; it now houses AIG American General and BDO USA, LLP. The other buildings include the Life Building, the Wortham Tower, the Woodson Tower, and the Riviana Building.  ...more
    • City/Town: Texas, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1983
    • Structural Height (m): 179.83
    • Floors: 42
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    Bank of America Center

    The Bank of America Center is a highrise representing one of the first significant examples of postmodern architecture construction in downtown Houston, Texas. Formerly known as the RepublicBank Center, the NCNB Center, and the NationsBank Center, the building was completed in October 1983 and designed by award winning architect Philip Johnson and partner John Burgee, and is reminiscent of the Dutch Gothic architecture of canal houses in The Netherlands. It has three segmented tower setbacks, each with "a steeply pitched gabled roofline that is topped off with spires". The tower was developed by Hines Interests and is owned by a joint venture of M-M Properties and an affiliate of the  ...more
    • City/Town: Houston, Texas, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1984
    • Structural Height (m): 236.0
    • Floors: 56
    • Architect: Philip Johnson, John Burgee
    • Created By: Philip Johnson, John Burgee
  • The Bank of the Southwest Tower was a proposed building located in Houston, Texas, at 1,404 ft tall. It would have been second tallest building in North America after the Willis Tower in Chicago. With an estimated construction cost of $350–400 million, the project was cancelled before construction commenced, due to lack of funds during the economic downturn. The design created by architect Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn, Inc. Architects was the winner of a design competition in 1982.  ...more
    • City/Town: Houston, Baker St. Pub & Grill - Rice Village, United States of America, Texas, North America
    • Opened: Jan 01 1986
    • Structural Height (m): 371.86
    • Floors: 82
    • Construction Started: 1986