Tuesday, April 23, 2013

First City Bank Tower (1981)

Photo of First City Tower in Downtown Houston Texas

First City Tower (1981) continues to sport the name of the now-defunct bank that had its headquarters there. The building still houses Vinson & Elkins, a major law firm; Waste Management, Inc.; and other tenants.

This skyscraper has 49 stories and stands a little over 200 meters tall. The Class A office building has distinctive indentations in the North and South fa├žade, that make it easily recognizable. Unlike most other skyscrapers it is not rectangular or square, and its footprint is not aligned with the Downtown Houston street grid.  
First City Tower facade in skyward perspective from street-level
First City Tower seen from Memorial Root Park at Toyota Center in the Summer
1001 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002