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The Houston skyline is iconic for its blue and white colors, massive skyscrapers and eco-friendly history. Many of the buildings in Houston located downtown are tourist spots merely for their imposing architectural style. But Houston also offers some whimsy and some fun in its structures, whether they’re made of glass or beer cans.
Located at 600 Travis Street in downtown Houston, the JPMorgan Chase Tower is the tallest building in Texas and the tallest five-sided building in the world. Formerly known as the Texas Commerce Tower, this building is 75 stories tall.
Formerly the Allied Bank Plaza and First Interstate Bank Plaza, the Wells Fargo Plaza is located at 1000 Louisiana Street. The second tallest building in Texas (after the JPMorgan Chase Tower), tallest Wells Fargo structure in the world and the tallest all-glass structure in the Western Hemisphere, this skyscraper is 71 floors tall.
About to embark on a new construction phase that includes a parking lot, the Astrodome opened in 1965. It was the world’s first multi-purpose domed stadium and when opened, was called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” AstroTurf owes its name to this structure, as the Astrodome was the first major sportsplex to use artificial turf. Due to its size, it was used to host victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Found on Bagby Street, Houston City Hall’s classic design originated in the 1930s. It’s where you can find Houston City Mayor, Sylvester Turner, who made a name for himself for his role during Hurricane Harvey, as well as support for LGBTQ rights.
A Houston legend, the Beer Can House is exactly what you think it is – a house made of empty, flattened beer cans. A classic Texan explanation, its creator, John Milkovisch, stated, “Some people say this is sculpture but I didn’t go to no expensive school to get these crazy notions.” A true monument to recycling, this house is made up of an estimated 50,000 cans. What’s his favorite beer, you may ask? “Whatever’s on special.” Hero.
A remarkable standout among the blue and gray colors of the Houston skyline, the Bank of America Center was completed in the 1980s. With an art gallery in the lobby, this structure is at 700 Louisiana. It may not be the tallest skyscraper in Houston, but its unique features set it apart and were inspired by the canal houses of the Netherlands.
The fourth-tallest skyscraper in Texas, the Williams Tower is known for its 7,000-watt beacon that can be seen up to 40 miles away. The famous Waterwall Park is also near the tower, which serves as a major tourist spot. Also acknowledged for its energy efficient design, the Williams Tower received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star label for each year since 2000 as long as it was eligible to receive the award.