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Williams Tower, Houston

Categories: Observation Decks, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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.
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  • 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...  read 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. 
  • 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
  • Just visited the lobby when I was walking around on a hot summer day. Nice AC and revolving art exhibit.
  • They used to allow tours of the top observation floor....not anymore. Great office building.
  • Wonderful
  • 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
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