It seems only fitting that Texas’ biggest city and biggest boomtown also has the biggest building in the state. The Bayou City’s skyline is recognizable for its sheer height ‒‒ even its runner up buildings are taller than most buildings in Texas. Three of them are in the top 30 tallest in the U.S. The moral of the story is, if you go to Houston, be prepared to cast your gaze skyward. Just don’t hurt your neck.
1. Heritage Plaza Tower
At 53 stories and 762 feet, his tower is the fifth-tallest building in Houston, the eighth-tallest in Texas, and the 60th-tallest in the United States. Completed in early 1987, it was the last major office building completed in Downtown Houston, as the state’s real estate, banking, and oil industries collapsed in unison in the 1980s.
2. Bank of America Center
At 56 stories, the BOA Center is Houston’s fourth-tallest building. It’s also the 55th-tallest building in the United States and the seventh-tallest in Texas. Unique to Texas skylines, the northeast corner of this building houses a building within a building ‒‒ Western Union. Relocation of the latter’s telegraph cables proved infeasible, so the new building was built right over the old one. BOA Center reaches 780 feet.
3. The Williams Tower
Once (and still commonly) known as the Transco Tower, this 64-story office tower is the bronze medalist in Houston’s tallest buildings competition. Reaching 901 feet, the tower is the 26th-tallest building in the United States, and the 140th-tallest building in the world. At the time of its construction, in the early 1980s, it was thought to be the world’s tallest skyscraper outside of a central downtown business district.
4. Wells Fargo Bank Plaza
Though it is the runner up to the city’s tallest building, Wells Fargo Bank Plaza has a few cool distinctions. It’s the second-tallest building in the state, 16th-tallest building in the country, and at 992 feet, is the tallest all-glass building in the western hemisphere. It’s also the tallest building named for Wells Fargo. It was formerly known as the Allied Bank Plaza and the First Interstate Bank Plaza.
5. JPMorganChase Tower
The tallest building in Houston is the tallest in Texas and 14th-tallest in the country. Soaring a mighty 1,002 feet, this 75-story giant is the most visible landmark in the city. And though it is the 79th-tallest building in the world, it actually is the world’s tallest five-sided building. There is also an observation deck on its 60th floor.