Trip Planner:   USA  /  Texas  /  Texas Gulf Coast  /  Houston  /  Sightseeing  /  Williams Tower
Williams Tower, Houston
(4.2/5 based on 35 reviews on the web)
The Williams Tower is a 64-story, 1.4e6sqft class A office tower located in the Uptown District of Houston, Texas. The building was designed by New York-based John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson in association with Houston-based Morris-Aubry Architects . Construction began in August, 1981 and was completed in December, 1982. The tower is among Houston's most visible buildings and is the 4th-tallest in Texas, the 26th-tallest in the United States, and the 140th-tallest building in the world. The Williams Tower is the tallest building in Houston outside of Downtown Houston, and at the time of its construction was believed to be the world's tallest skyscraper outside of a central business district.HistoryReal estate developers Gerald D. Hines Interests hired New York-based John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson to design the building, in association with Houston-based Morris-Aubry Architects (now known as Morris Architects).Construction was completed in 1983.The building was named the Transco Tower after its first major tenant, Transco Energy Co. Transco Energy Co. merged with the Williams Companies in 1995 and in 1999 the name of the building was changed to the Williams Tower. Despite the name change, the building is often referred to as "the Transco" by long-time Houston residents.
Arrange to visit Williams Tower and other attractions in Houston using our Houston tour planner.
Source
Create a full Houston itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Houston

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Houston by other users

5 days in Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Houston BY A USER FROM PERU January, culture, relaxing, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Houston BY A USER FROM QATAR February, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 56 days in Mexico, Cuba & United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 34 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Houston BY A USER FROM CANADA January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Houston, Dallas & California BY A USER FROM INDONESIA February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Switzerland, Italy & Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Houston & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM LUXEMBOURG August, kids, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 42 days in United States BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Great to visit location for local or out of town folks. Parking at the Galleria shopping mall and just walk there. 
  • Houston is a horizontally extended but vertically low-rise city. Outside of a few skyscrapers in the downtown area, the rest of the city consists of one or two-story single-family homes and a few comm...  more »
  • What an amazing building. Just a sad to hear that they had to cap the floor due to the airport. But still an amazing place toe see. 
Google
  • Just visited the lobby when I was walking around on a hot summer day. Nice AC and revolving art exhibit.
  • It's the highest tower anywhere in the United States outside the downtown area 64 floors high you can get one of the best views in a clear day unmatched by any other building because there's no obstruction by any high-rise building nearby
  • They used to allow tours of the top observation floor....not anymore. Great office building.
  • This is amazing but is cool if it was from New York City but is in Houston Texas even you can see the city of Houston from this building city of Houston is not that big but nyc is bigger then Houston I visit the Empire State Building you can see the city of New York City is big goof luck
  • Very relaxing and artistic. Great for photo shooting :)