Commercial National Bank in Houston

Photo of Commercial National Bank in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz
Photo of Commercial National Bank in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz

Commercial National Bank

116 Main Street, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002


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One of the few old-style architectural features left in downtown Houston. Most have been razed, but those that remain are being rehabilitated into office and loft spaces. The Commercial National Bank Building’s most important feature is its great sweep of stone as it round the corner from Franklin to Main. Each outward-facing side also has a trio of recessed arches simulating huge three-story windows. The result is a perceived increase in height. The building is constructed in the same manner New York’s Twin Towers were: a concrete exoskeleton bearing the weight of the floors hanging inside.

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