Farm Credit Banks Building in Houston

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Farm Credit Banks Building
Formerly:Federal Land Bank Building

400 Lamar Street, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002


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Dwarfed by the glass marvel that is the ChevronTexaco Heritage building to which it is attached next door, this small three-story building says more about the Bayou City's heritage than any skyscraper ever will. It is recognizable as one of the elder statesmen of Houston architecture with its limestone façade, ornate cornice, and intricate details. But you can't have one without the other. This is the second half of the "Texaco Heritage Plaza" and a counterpart to the Heritage skyscraper to which it is attached. The people who developed the skyscraper back in the 1980's paid a huge price for the bank building. Reportedly in excess of $51,000,000.00 when the building's appraised value was just $19,000,000.00.

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