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JPMorgan Chase Tower, Houston

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The JPMorgan Chase Tower, formerly Texas Commerce Tower, is a 305.41m, 75-story skyscraper at 600 Travis Street in Downtown Houston, Texas. It is currently the tallest building in the city, the tallest building in Texas, the tallest five-sided building in the world, the 13th tallest building in the United States, and the 79th tallest building in the world.OverviewThe tower was built between 1979 and 1981 as the Texas Commerce Tower. It was designed by noted architects I. M. Pei & Partners. In some early plans, the building reached up to 80 stories; however, the FAA expressed concerns that additional height was a risk for aircraft going into and out of nearby William P. Hobby Airport. Nonetheless, when it was completed, it was the eighth tallest building in the world. The building was developed as part of a partnership between Texas Commerce Bank and Khalid bin Mahfouz. It was built on the site where the Uptown Theatre, demolished in 1965, once stood.Upon its completion, the building surpassed Aon Center in Los Angeles to become the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River, a title it held until Los Angeles's Library Tower, now known as the U.S. Bank Tower, was built in 1990.
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  • I worked in this building for years - lovely building. Has an observation deck on the 60th floor. Just breath-taking! Also has businesses & food court in tunnel level. Definitely worth your time.  more »
  • The lobby and all of the public areas are an incredible display of art deco architecture at it's best.  more »
  • happened to be walking right by it - it's HUGE - guards on every corner, very cool place and who knows how many stories - they are doing construction on the block next to it, but pretty neat to view f...  more »
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  • A lovely place for visitors to have a panoramic view of Houston! Access to this magnificent building was unrestricted (although I expressed my surprise at the lack of visible security provided) during our visit in 2014. I think it should be allowed to continue to attract tourists to Houston. Let fees be charged for the maintenance of its security though.
  • A year late learning that the observation deck closed, of course after buying a parking ticket etc. It was closed cutting the nuisance of visitors during high traffic periods. I get it, but it stinks. Maybe they could have it open during off peak times? I'm sure you could even charge a modest fee. I mean you're a bank known to exploit people, right?
  • Gave it 1 star since you cant get to he upper porch to look at the view - It's a shame, It should have been one of the main tourist attraction in Houston but it's closed for over a year
  • For all who will not get access and wonder what it looks like. Photo taken with escort who worked in the building. That is best option if you really want to have a look.
  • They closed one of the greatest attractions in Houston. Now, the 4th major city in America lacks an observatory deck. RIDICULOUS!