This is one of the great nighttime buildings in Houston, but it's so hard to see among all the other buildings that have crowded it out of the skyline. If you have the means, get into one of the skyscrapers nearby after hours and watch this baby light up. It's an explosion of art deco glory aimed skyward. Half way between a wedding cake and a medieval castle, the Chase Bank Building was formerly the headquarters of Gulf Oil whose gas stations have long since left the gulf coast, but are still thriving in New England. The building was commissioned by Jesse H. Jones whose name, along with the Hobby, Wortham, Smith, and Hermann, is on just about everything in the city. Worthy of Jones' stature, the skyscraper is Gothic in design on the outside, and inside the lobby outfitted in patterned marble and art deco details. The Chase Bank Building was the tallest building in Houston until 1963. And it was even taller when it had a giant illuminated Gulf logo rotating on top of the building.
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As a Houston kid of the post WWII years, the Gulf and Esperson buildings were the absolute icons of pride we held in our city. The Gulf Building was the great place we showed to summer visitors as "the tallest building in the South." It was our crowning pride and joy. - May the Gulf & Espersons stand forever!
Bill McCurdy - Saturday, September 26th, 2009 @ 9:34am
Absolutely iconic of Houston during the oil era of transition from provential cotton mart to National center of commerce.
Jeff Woodruff - Sunday, October 19th, 2008 @ 1:17pm
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