The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Public Lobbies (Downtown)
Bank of America
3. Bank of America
The 56-story Bank of America building, 700 Louisiana, was built in 1983 with overtones of Dutch Gothic style. Philip Johnson and John Burgee's design however is strictly postmodern. The three-story lobby is among the building's most impressive features.
Developed by Hines Interest, the building is a major part of the Houston skyline and its lobby evokes a sense of grace and grandeur that was common to Houston in the early 1980s.
JPMorgan Chase/Formerly Gulf Building
2. JPMorgan Chase/Formerly Gulf Building
It was a tough call between the No. 2 and No. 1 spots on our list. The former Gulf Building was built with oil money by Jesse Jones at a time when ornate was the standard style. On the National Register of Historic Places, the building's Art Deco/ moderne architecture style was designed by Alfred C. Finn and Kenneth Franzheim.
There are 37 stories, but the lobby's grand entrance is among the building's most spectacular design. Marble, stained glass and exotic woods are used throughout the lobby.
1. Pennzoil Place
Pennzoil Place was named Building of the Decade by the New York Times when it was built back in 1976. At the time Philip Johnson and John Burgee's 36-story twin towers was a landmark addition to the Houston skyline. Other, taller buildings have overshadowed it but its trapezoidal towers (placed 10 feet apart) and glass pyramid shaped atrium lobby space captures the number one spot for sheer vision and daring. (Can we help it if it reminds of us Houston in its oil-rich, NASA-centric heyday?)