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Pennzoil Place


Pennzoil Place


  • Pennzoil chairman J. Hugh Liedtke specifically asked for buildings that did not look like One Shell Plaza.
  • Chief architect Philip Johnson was awarded the 1978 AIA Gold Medal and became the first laureate of the Pritzker Prize in Architecture in 1979 for his work on Pennzoil Place.
  • The project was so successful at the outset that despite the mid-1970s recession the developer added two floors to each tower during construction to meet the demand for office space.
  • Johnson/Burgee began the Pennzoil design in 1970. The entire complex was built between 1972 and 1976 and cost $50 million.
  • The two towers are separated by a 10-foot wide slot, and topped with 45° sloping roofs.


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Developer, Facade maintenance system supplier, Facade supplier, General contractor, Interior designer, Light engineering, Mechanical engineering, Property management, Shell construction, Steel supplier, Structural engineering, Tenant

# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 View from the east Pennzoil Tower 523 ft 36 skyscraper 1975
2 Looking northeast from Smith Street Pennzoil Place II 523 ft 36 skyscraper 1975