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Wells Fargo Bank Plaza

This curiously-shaped building is located in Houston’s central business district on the corner of Rusk and Travis streets. The 71-story structure, when seen from the air, forms two semicircles designed to imitate the shape of a dollar sign ($).

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the same company that designed the Sears Tower, is the second-tallest building in the city, behind the Chase Tower at 75-stories and 1,002 feet. The structure is covered with warm bronze glass offering a pleasant view. It was finished in 1983 after four years of construction. Whether the dollar ($) form is very appealing or not is open to question. Its peculiar shape, combined with the narrow neighboring towers, forms a vortex which makes life at street level "windy". This is one of the main reasons why the downtown tunnel system was created. Find additional information about this building on the selected links.


Photos: Houston Architectural Info
Last review: January, 2013


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