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Identification

712 Main
Gulf Building, Texas Commerce Bank Building, Chase Bank Building, JPMorgan Chase Building
117712

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
brick
limestone
applied masonry
light brown
art deco

Usages

commercial office
service branch(es) restaurant

Facts

  • The profile of the tower and its gothic-inspired ornament are reminiscent of Eliel Saarinen's never-built but much-copied Chicago Tribune Tower design of 1922.
  • The tower rises from a 6-story base of Indiana limestone. There are setbacks at the 25th, 28th, and 32nd floor levels.
  • The Gulf Building (as it was originally known) was the tallest skyscraper in Houston from 1929 until 1963. In 1963 it was surpassed by the 800 Bell Street (then known as the Humble Building).
  • In 1965, a massive rotating sign bearing the logo of Gulf Oil topped the building. The "Lollipop," as it became to be known, was removed in 1974.
  • In 2018, the grand banking hall was turned into a food hall known as Finn Hall.

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Location

710-720 Main Street
915-919 Rusk Street
712 Main Street
77002
Downtown
Inner Loop East
Houston
Texas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

428.01 ft
428.01 ft
428.01 ft
36
1929

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
  • Floodlighting at night
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