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No matter what the company did, those 2 buildings are the best! I think its 1200 Smith, the older one, is a 50 story high-rise with all mirrored glass, then 1500 Louisiana is a 46-48 high-rise. They have an all glass sky walk connecting the two. Its awesome!

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I love these two also.  Here are more pics.

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Awesome Pix. Texasboy!

Looks almost "Blade Runner" -like.........especially the first one.

Where did you get these? Are there more?

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Didn't ChevronTexaco buy the newer tower?

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When the first Enron building was constructed, I jokingly called it the "Bic Building", because it resembled the disposable lighter of that name. I used to draw cartoons of the Houston skyline and show a butane flame on one end of it.

The great thing about the Pelli adjunct is that it makes the original look like an afterthought. Even better, when you're on Smith Street, the 'fins' on the 1963 Exxon Building match up so neatly with the new Enron building. In itself it's a lovely building; that it compliments its setting, and respects its elders, is genius.

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I also heard it referred to as "Tupperware Tower" because of the shape.

I agree on the second Enron building. It echoes the original without exactly copying it, and it works well with the Exxon building also. I like the way the tower section is set at the same angle as the original building, while the bottom section (trading floors) is aligned with the downtown street grid. To me it is one of the best buildings downtown. Interestingly, they solicited ideas from a lot of firms on the design, although I don't know if it was a formal competition. They had an exhibit of the proposals in the lobby once. Compared to the proposals by other architects, the Pelli one really seeemed the best.

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Enron, what a black eye the Lay's and their band of merry money makers were on our city.......... I still can't believe they were allowed to post what they forecasted their profits would be on all of their big "energy deals and cutting edge ideas" Is it just me or did the SEC and all the banks involved seem to have been in on the real truth which was drive the worthless stock up and sell off the paper you had on the company before the truth hit the fan? They call it day trading, I call it a simple ponzi, junk stock pyramid scheme where the people on top got away with simple fraud......people that included the Weingarten married to Fastow, the Martin lady who is an attorney and had the nerve to praise Ken as a CEO who she painted as smart and innovative.......question, for all who were interviewed for their documentary, are all of you who cashed out that stupid to think any of what Enron did was ethical, innovative or even providing a service that was needed in the market, since the pipelines and electric companies went on without any help from their former parent company Enron...........buying companies and adding on your companies "mother may I costs" well in East Texas we call that fraud, not helping the market adjust by selling energy futures and over estimated hopeful profits...........  Enron taught us we all need to ask more questions of our government and also we need more people in government desk jobs keeping eyes on these and all public interest industry to assure the public's best interests are number one, especially since energy is being taken from public owned assets like hydro-electric dams, oil from under our public lands and also many other assets we own as citizens........so there is no reason gas should be 3 dollars or electric running short anywhere............you paid for the majority of the structures and technology with your tax dollars, so it is time to stand up and ask What The heck? 

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I think the second Chevron building is an example of how successful architects could accent preexisting towers. I soooooo hope Chevron 3 is built and follows the same trend. I think of NYs World Financial Centre. Although built at the same time, I can almost see how this could have been a complex that was built one building at a time over a number of years. I was informed a few weeks ago, that the Williams Tower was suppose to be part of a complex surrounded by shorter towers. I think it's time those towers were built as well. Anyway, back to the topic. A third tower added with some sort of stellar skybridge would be another jewel on Htown's crown.

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I think the second Chevron building is an example of how successful architects could accent preexisting towers. I soooooo hope Chevron 3 is built and follows the same trend. I think of NYs World Financial Centre. Although built at the same time, I can almost see how this could have been a complex that was built one building at a time over a number of years. I was informed a few weeks ago, that the Williams Tower was suppose to be part of a complex surrounded by shorter towers. I think it's time those towers were built as well. Anyway, back to the topic. A third tower added with some sort of stellar skybridge would be another jewel on Htown's crown.

 

I think though that architects generally dislike designing companion buildings/new wings etc in the style of the original, unless it is done very close in time.  Just a few examples:  Three Allen Center was originally designed to look like One and Two, but ended up totally different.  The Wedge Building was intended to have a twin on the north side of the block, but when the project was resurrected it had transmogrified into a glass box.  MFAH is all over the map with its various wings.  Houston Center was meant to have a unified style but ended up a collection of stylistically unrelated structures.  

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I think though that architects generally dislike designing companion buildings/new wings etc in the style of the original, unless it is done very close in time.  Just a few examples:  Three Allen Center was originally designed to look like One and Two, but ended up totally different.  The Wedge Building was intended to have a twin on the north side of the block, but when the project was resurrected it had transmogrified into a glass box.  MFAH is all over the map with its various wings.  Houston Center was meant to have a unified style but ended up a collection of stylistically unrelated structures.  

 

A trait for which I am glad.  Although I guess it would have been pretty wild to have a '70s vision of The City Of The Future!!! taking up the east end of downtown.  (It will look good again at some point... prolly right around the time that pairing a very wide orange geometric tie with a yellow plaid sport coat would again be something done voluntarily and with no sense of irony)

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I wonder what is more an attribute to the genius of an architect; to create an amazing tower from scratch OR to create an amazing tower to accompany existing towers? IMO, I would think trying to mimic but not duplicate an existing structure would be more challenging.

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Enron two was an evolutionary step from Enron one, which subtly picks up on surrounding elements. I expect and hope the Chevron three will continue the path. Renderings seem to indicate a similar path.

The difference between Chevron's Campus and Allen Center & Houston Center, is that it is one corporate identity. The other two are multi tenant...which may be a good reason for multiple styles and identities.

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I love these two also. Here are more pics.

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Wow these are old. So it was the Wedge Tower that had green neon around it? I knew I remembered a building with green neon lights in downtown. Wonder why they took it down.

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As others have said, what an iconic pix. I can imagine the opening to yet another Tom Cruise Sci Fi movie with a hovercraft lowering itself onto the top of Chevron 2, Mr. Cruise exiting said hovercraft, and Anycity USA, 2061 scrolls across the screen. I am sure several Americans have no idea HTown has this sort of futuristic venue. :)

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We often stand in for The City Of The Future!!!  Westworld and Futureworld were shot at the then - new Houston Center and IAH; Robocop also had a lot of DT nighttime street shots, generally over in the area around the Wortham.

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As others have said, what an iconic pix. I can imagine the opening to yet another Tom Cruise Sci Fi movie with a hovercraft lowering itself onto the top of Chevron 2, Mr. Cruise exiting said hovercraft, and Anycity USA, 2061 scrolls across the screen. I am sure several Americans have no idea HTown has this sort of futuristic venue. :)

 

Very true.  Sadly, there are many Houstonians that are equally clueless.

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I concur with you about these two buildings but wish the owners would illuminate the top of the taller building as it was when built. Does anyone know why this feature has been unused?

 

No matter what the company did, those 2 buildings are the best! I think its 1200 Smith, the older one, is a 50 story high-rise with all mirrored glass, then 1500 Louisiana is a 46-48 high-rise. They have an all glass sky walk connecting the two. Its awesome!

enron-center-5a.jpg

enron-center-14a.jpg

 

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