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JPMorgan Chase Tower (Houston) – Tallest 5-Sided Skyscraper in the World

Posted by Jae on January 26, 2009

JP Morgan Chase Tower (Houston)

JP Morgan Chase Tower (Houston)

The 1982 completed, 75 floor, and 305 m tall JPMorgan Chase Tower of Houston, Texas, formerly the Texas Commerce Tower, is the tallest skyscraper in Texas, the tallest five-sided skyscraper in the world, and one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers.

In some early plans, the building reached up to 80 stories; however, the FAA expressed concern that additional height was a risk for aircraft going into and out of nearby William P. Hobby Airport. Nonetheless, at its completion, it was the eighth tallest building in the world. (Upon its completion, the building surpassed Aon Center in Los Angeles to become the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River, a title it held until Los Angeles’s Library Tower, now known as the U.S. Bank Tower, was built in 1990.)

The observation deck of this building is located on the 60th floor. This observation deck acts as a transfer point for persons traveling to the upper (61-75) floors, but also as an observation deck for the public during the working hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. One can take the express elevator, providing a panoramic view of the city of Houston thanks to the use of wide glass spans and thirteen-foot ceilings.  While the tower’s name reflects the bank JPMorgan Chase, the only space designated to Chase is a single branch office on the bottom floor.


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