JPMorgan Chase Tower
Formerly:Chase Tower
Formerly:Texas Commerce Tower
600 Travis Street, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002 United StatesPrint this page   •   Share this page

Because of its location it often gets lost in the background of skyline photos, but this structure rises to 75 stories, making it the tallest building in Houston. It was the tallest building west of the Mississippi until the First Interstate World Center (now known as Library Tower) was built in Los Angeles. That building is 16-feet taller. The Chase Tower was originally designed to be 80-stories, but the Federal Aviation Administration felt the extra five floors would be a hazard to air traffic out of Hobby Airport. The observation deck is on the 60th floor, and offers a panoramic view of downtown from behind glass. It is one of the best views in the city, and is completely free. Just use the elevators on the right side -- they provide an express trip to the 60th floor. In the photo above you can see the sky lobby; it's the level with the extra-tall windows. This building is still occasionally referred to as the Texas Commerce Tower, even though it has been taken over by Chase. Chase Bank actually has more than a dozen substantial buildings in Houston where it has moved many of its financial departments from New York.

Quick Facts
  • September, 2008: This building is seriously damaged by Hurricane Ike. Video from KHOU television shows the majority of windows blown out, and the surrounding streets littered with glass, mangled computers, and bits of furniture.
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  I worked on the construction of this building.. set forms underground until 2 stories above ground then assembled the steel forms that went all the way to the top.. hard work ,exciting time , witnessed many injuries and accidents on job.. at the time it was the 7th tallest building in the world and the tallest in the southwest of America.

Mike Hughes - Saturday, October 19th, 2013 @ 1:50pm  

  I grew up in Houston and learned how to survive the traffic. The skyline always had a new building going up. It is time for another one. These photos are great. What a city...full of life.

Fred - Friday, April 13th, 2012 @ 9:05pm  

  Since i was born in houston,i take lots of pride in this building.Ive heard that a company has this vision of a skyscraper called the houston tower.If they ever build it itll rise more than 6,000 feet!I hope they do build it.Its gonna be the building of all buildings.

Ace - Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 @ 12:41pm  

  It might have been cool to have a 75 story building in Houston back then. But now it's just an ugly, gray, squared building. It's time for a major facelift.

H - Friday, December 4th, 2009 @ 9:29pm  

  I worked at this building when it was called Texas Commerce Tower. Observed and admired the construction of it. But it took me awhile to appreciate the scrulpture by Miro's "Birds in Personage" in front of it. Love the simplicity of this building. So did Hurricane Alicia and Ike. But it's still standing!

Michael - Friday, October 9th, 2009 @ 12:44am  

  I worked for United Gas Pipe Line company and we all moved from the Pennzoil Bldg. into the Chase Tower in the fall of 1981.We were first on the 14th floor, later on the 13th floor and lastly on the 51st.I loved working in that building! It was awesome! KOCH Ind. bought this company in the late '90's and moved to 20 E. Greenway Plaza. How we missed working in the downtown area and in that great building. I will always remember those days!

Laura Garza - Thursday, June 18th, 2009 @ 1:37pm  

  I had the privilege of watching the mammoth building take shape from the huge foundation to the final steps of the construction. My office was across the street in Pennzoil Place, so I had a bird's eyer view - until the structure soared well beyoud my view. The building is awe inspiring and has its own beauty.I also had the honor of meeting I.M. Pei.

Patrick b - Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 @ 3:00pm  

  good massing nice elevation

tabish - Saturday, May 26th, 2007 @ 3:25pm  

  This is a beautiful building. I love how the top gets lost in the low hanging clouds over Houston.

Moni Smith - Thursday, May 24th, 2007 @ 4:42pm  

  sadly, i have never been in downtown even though i live less than 30 minutes away. Just seeing this building, even from far away, lets me think of the wonders of high can one building go?

Will Sheffield - Friday, April 27th, 2007 @ 11:37pm  

  To have a structure be so massive and rize so far above the Earth there is no other word to descibe it than amazing. The tower is so beautiful, it is the tallest in Texas and completes the Houston skyline.

Nick Del Toro - Wednesday, May 10th, 2006 @ 11:09am  

  Wonderful building! I just went up to the sky lobby on the 60th floor today and the view was outstanding!

AJT - Friday, July 29th, 2005 @ 5:52pm  

  Great and very wonderful piece of Architecture. truly facinating

Otu Oviemo Ovadje - Sunday, March 13th, 2005 @ 6:54pm  

  This is one masterpiece of architecture, particularly with regard to its foundation (on rollers?). Wao!

Obuke Ovadje - Wednesday, March 9th, 2005 @ 2:12pm  

  I agree with Susan M. The Chase Tower does punctuate Houston SkyLine...and the guy that commented that ITS ugly needs to get his eyes checked. : o )

Saige - Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 @ 4:57pm