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Niels Esperson Building

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Identification

Niels Esperson Building
117740

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
applied masonry
light brown
neo-classicism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The original design included an adjacent parking garage. Air conditioning was added in 1938.
  • This building won the 2003-2004 Building of the Year Award in the historical category from the Building Owners and Managers Association.
  • The Niels and Mellie Esperson Buildings contain 570,044 square feet combined.
  • The tallest building in Texas when built, the Niels Esperson Building was designed in an Italian Renaissance style. It features a gold-leaf tower topped by an elaborate six-story tiered monument. In the interior can be found terra cotta urns, bronze elevator doors, arabesque obelisks, and extensive use of imported Roman marble.
  • Melli Keenan-Esperson built the 32-story Niels Esperson Building as a memorial to her husband, a Danish-born real estate and minerals speculator.
  • In 1939 Mrs. Esperson had Eberson and his son Drew add a 19-story annex to the Niels Esperson Building, which she named the Mellie Esperson Building.

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Location

800-814 Travis Street
806-820 Rusk Street
808 Travis Street
77002
Downtown
Inner Loop East
Houston
Texas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

410.25 ft
410.25 ft
410.25 ft
342.00 ft
32
1927

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Features & Amenities

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