Bank of America Center (Houston)

Bank of America Center
Alternative names RepublicBank Center
NCNB Center
NationsBank Center
General information
Type Commercial office
Location 700 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas
Coordinates 29°45′38″N 95°22′00″W / 29.7605°N 95.3666°W / 29.7605; -95.3666Coordinates: 29°45′38″N 95°22′00″W / 29.7605°N 95.3666°W / 29.7605; -95.3666
Completed October 1983 (October 1983)[1]
Owner M-M Properties
General Electric Pension Trust affiliate
Management PM Realty Group
Roof 780 feet (240 m)
Technical details
Floor count 56
Floor area 1,250,000 sq ft (116,000 m2) [1]
Lifts/elevators 32
Design and construction
Architect Philip Johnson
John Burgee
Developer Hines Interests
Structural engineer CBM Engineers, Inc.

The Bank of America Center is a highrise representing one of the first significant examples of postmodern architecture construction in downtown Houston, Texas. Formerly known as the RepublicBank Center, the NCNB Center, and the NationsBank Center, the building was completed in October 1983 and designed by award winning architect Philip Johnson and partner John Burgee, and is reminiscent of the Dutch Gothic architecture of canal houses in The Netherlands. It has three segmented tower setbacks, each with "a steeply pitched gabled roofline that is topped off with spires".[1] The tower was developed by Hines Interests and is owned by a joint venture of M-M Properties and an affiliate of the General Electric Pension Trust.

The banking center is housed in a separate building, due to construction problems, and has a three storey lobby.[2] There are 32 passenger elevators each finished with wood panels that include Birdseye Maple, Macassar Ebony, Italian Willow, Tamo, and Kevazingo.[3] The building contains an art gallery in the lobby and plans to host curated exhibitions.[4]


At 56 stories the Bank of America Center is the 55th tallest building in the United States and is the seventh tallest building in Texas.

The northeast corner of the structure houses a building within a building. On the site is the main Western Union building and when relocation of the telegraph cables proved infeasible new structure was built over the site and the existing structure was incorporated into the new building intact.

On June 9, 2001, the building was the site of a tragic accident that took place during Tropical Storm Allison. Building security warned individuals that the below grade parking levels were in danger of flooding and instructed persons working late in the building to move vehicles to upper levels of the garage. Kristie Tautenhahn, an employee of the law firm Mayer, Brown & Platt,[5] went to move her vehicle parked on sub-level 3 at 10:30 UTC (05:30 CDT) which by that time was completely submerged. She drowned in an elevator car when it filled with water as it descended to the lower floor of the garage.[6]



See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Bank of America Center-Houston". Bank of America Center. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  2. Bank of America Center, Houston, TX
  3. "Bank of America Center-Houston". TheSquareFoot. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  4. An Exhibition of Works From Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’
  5. Grossman, Wendy. "Looking for Higher Ground." Houston Press. October 9, 2003. Retrieved on December 17, 2009.
  6. Bernstein, Alan. "Catastrophic flooding brings dislocation, drama, 9 deaths." Houston Chronicle. June 10, 2001. Retrieved on December 17, 2009.
  7. "Contact Information." Mayer Brown. Retrieved on December 17, 2009.

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