Americana Building in Houston

Photo of Americana Building in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz

Americana Building
Also known as:Americana Tower

811 Dallas, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002
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An often overlooked building in downtown Houston, the Americana building is a reminder of the optimism of the past. The Americana building was erected at a time when the city was going through the boom phase of another boom-bust cycle. It was a large building for its day in this region, and was hailed as a sign of the prosperity to come. A central shaft with a concrete facade and a regular pattern of square windows is flanked by two wings featuring glass curtain walls. It was new technology sprouting from old, and a symbol of the city itself. It has since been surpassed by taller, wider, flashier structures nearby but remains an important piece in the downtown architectural jigsaw.

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