JPMorgan Chase Tower (Houston)
The JPMorgan Chase Tower (formerly the Texas Commerce Tower ) is the name of the highest skyscraper of the city of Houston as well as in the state of Texas.
The 305 -meter high skyscraper is the 14- tallest building in the United States. The construction of the building was commissioned by the bank JP Morgan Chase commissioned in 1978, with the completion was four years later in 1982. The planning of the building, the architectural firm 3D/International had been given and thus executive architect. Upon completion, the building was not only the tallest building in the city and the state, but also the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi. This track the tower lost in 1990 to the 310 meter high U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles. Architecturally, the building is particularly striking due to its shape and the greyish shimmering facade in the skyline of Houston.
In the 60th floor there is a public viewing platform, which is open on weekdays from 8-17 clock. From there, a view over the entire Houston metropolitan area is possible. The other floors are, apart from some technical facilities to ensure the operation of the building, used exclusively for offices. At the entrance of the building is a colorful sculpture by Joan Miró.
Due to Hurricane Ike numerous windows of the building were destroyed on 13 October 2008.