1001 McKinney
Formerly:921 Main
Formerly:Texas American Bank Building
Formerly:Southern National Bank Building
Formerly:City National Bank Building
1001 McKinney, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002 United StatesPrint this page   •   Share this page

It's amazing that such a massive building becomes so easily lost in Houston's downtown. Barely visible in any skyline shot, the City National Bank Building boasts broad shoulders and vertical appeal. Though the construction is from the wrong era, it is still correct to say it was inspired by the Art Deco movement. After the second World War, City National Bank and First National Bank merged, making this new building a necessity. Since much of America's recent construction effort was serving the war, he had to look further back to a happier time for inspiration. Today, the building is in danger of being completely overshadowed by the new 1000 Main building. The people who will work in that new tower will get a chance to appreciate a structure out of the past, and out of sync with its own time.

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  I worked in the SNB building during the mid to late 1970's. I was employed by Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. The building had elevator attendants. There was a Woolworth's right across Main Street. Around the corner on Walker was the original James Coney Island where you could get the best hot dogs and chili in the world.

Pete Cunningham - Monday, March 27th, 2017 @ 1:46pm  

  I went to work there Upon discharge from the USN in July 1969 as a stationary engineer. I left in mid 1970. I took care of all systems for the building. I learned the building from top to bottom. I thought it was a grand building and still do. I can remember being on duty the weekend that the revolving sign was removed from the top of the Gulf building and watched the old electric building and Kirby theater being demolished.

Joe M Routh - Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 @ 1:11pm