JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston

Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
View of downtown Houston from the unfinished building, 1981.
Photograph courtesy of Ian Ralston.
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
View of downtown Houston from the unfinished building, 1981.
Photograph courtesy of Ian Ralston.
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Building 75th floor under construction, 1981.
Photograph courtesy of Ian Ralston.
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Ian Ralston dropping a one cent Australian coin into the concrete being poured for the tower's 75th floor, 1981.
Photograph courtesy of Ian Ralston.
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Building under construction, 1981.
Photograph courtesy of Ian Ralston.
Photo of JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas
Building under construction, 1981.
Photograph courtesy of Ian Ralston.
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JPMorgan Chase Tower
Formerly:Chase Tower
Formerly:Texas Commerce Tower

600 Travis Street, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002
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Because of its location it often gets lost in the background of skyline photos, but this structure rises to 75 stories, making it the tallest building in Houston. It was the tallest building west of the Mississippi until the First Interstate World Center (now known as Library Tower) was built in Los Angeles. That building is 16-feet taller. The Chase Tower was originally designed to be 80-stories, but the Federal Aviation Administration felt the extra five floors would be a hazard to air traffic out of Hobby Airport. The observation deck is on the 60th floor, and offers a panoramic view of downtown from behind glass. It is one of the best views in the city, and is completely free. Just use the elevators on the right side -- they provide an express trip to the 60th floor. In the photo above you can see the sky lobby; it's the level with the extra-tall windows. This building is still occasionally referred to as the Texas Commerce Tower, even though it has been taken over by Chase. Chase Bank actually has more than a dozen substantial buildings in Houston where it has moved many of its financial departments from New York.

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  • September, 2008: This building is seriously damaged by Hurricane Ike. Video from KHOU television shows the majority of windows blown out, and the surrounding streets littered with glass, mangled computers, and bits of furniture.
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