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I was wondering if it is possible to go to the observation deck at the chase tower? Do they let people in there?

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I was wondering if it is possible to go to the observation deck at the chase tower? Do they let people in there?

Do you mean the sky lobby on the 60th floor. If so yeah it's open to the public.

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Do you mean the sky lobby on the 60th floor. If so yeah it's open to the public.

only during business hrs though, so plan accordingly.

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I was going through a downtown website and found that Wells Fargo has a observation deck

Wells Fargo Plaza

1000 Louisiana

At 71 stories, Wells Fargo Plaza is the second tallest building in Houston, and the tallest all-glass-exterior building in the Western Hemisphere. Take an elevator up to the 58th floor to get a wonderful view of Houston.

Has anyone been there?

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I was going through a downtown website and found that Wells Fargo has a observation deck

Has anyone been there?

I've been there a couple of times. It is a nice view, If the weather is clear, you'd be surprised at the view. I may be headed downtown later in the week, if i remember i'll take my camera.

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Are there any other noteable buildings in Houston with observation rooms that are open to the public?

I went to the Chase Tower today and the views were awesome

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there use to be an observation deck on the top of the Exxon Building, but closed way before my time in 71 or 72. But knowing people in the Petroleum Club, you might be able to get up there. Anyhow, Mon-fri (business hours) the Chase Tower observation deck is open.

There are 2 in the Wells Fargo Plaza, one on the 59th and 58th floor, and 30 something.

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And restaurants with views: the 43rd (Wedge Int'l Tower) and Plaza Club (50th Floor One Shell - membership I think). Of course the Hyatt's Spindletop but hemmed in by skyscrapers.

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there are also some nice views from the roofs of parking garages as well as rooftops of buildings (if you know the right folks ;))

best part is, no glass when taking pictures

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there are also some nice views from the roofs of parking garages as well as rooftops of buildings (if you know the right folks ;))

best part is, no glass when taking pictures

Yeah, once I was able to get outside on the little balcony along the point at the top of the BOA. Awesome views from outside! :D

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And restaurants with views: the 43rd (Wedge Int'l Tower) and Plaza Club (50th Floor One Shell - membership I think). Of course the Hyatt's Spindletop but hemmed in by skyscrapers.

I took my wife to Spindletop for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago. Don't worry about it being hemmed in. At night the view is really dynamic and interesting.

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I took my wife to Spindletop for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago. Don't worry about it being hemmed in. At night the view is really dynamic and interesting.

I had the opportunity a few years back to hang out on the roof of the America Tower (AG Center). The building is only 40 some odd stories, but its location outside of Downtown allowed for 360 degrees views. It was a clear day and the views were amazing. I wish I would have had a camera.

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Yes, definitely some sweet views from that building...i even like the allen parkway section down on the ground. its a nice area

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Yes, definitely some sweet views from that building...i even like the allen parkway section down on the ground. its a nice area

I agree. The complex itself is a mix of old buildings (Wortham Tower) dating from the 60's- 80's. The Life building in the back of the back of the complex was recently renovated and looks pretty cool from the inside (as Atrium buildings go). The real problem I see with that complex is the fact that AIG owns and occupies much of the real estate. They have put in way too many security measures and made it very difficult for visitors to enter the building. For a non downtown complex I think it is a pretty darn cool.

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While driving downtown, I noticed this:

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Does this mean they're going to add floor to this or maybe set up a crane? I haven't seen any information on this at all.

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Per Hines, they're replacing the colling towers and window washing rig, and the equipment will probably be up there for another month.

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Kinda off-topic, but did anyone notice some scafffolding cranes atop Chase tower yesterday? At least I think it's Chase (the old Texas Commerce building).

Wonder what they are up to? Building another floor?

*post moved to appropriate thread* dbigtex56

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Still boarded up. It's going to be weeks or months before the glass gets installed. Not sure about the observation deck. :(

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I have been lurking for the last few months and finally decided to introduce myself. I am a native and homesick Houstonian in the Hill Country (Kerrville).

Feel free to take a look at my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/30090334@N05/

Anyway, I will be coming home this weekend for the first time since Ike. My folks live on the west end of Galveston, so I will be helping them with some clean-up. I am also bringing my friend from California who has never been to Texas. I wanted to show her the sky lobby at Chase Tower but I am assuming it is still out of commission. Are the windows still boarded up? I haven't seen any recent pictures of "post-ike Houston." If the JPM tower is out, is the Wells Fargo observation deck open?

Any insight would be appreciated.

Welcome to HAIF. I'm sure your friend will still have fun with all the attractions around.

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I have been lurking for the last few months and finally decided to introduce myself. I am a native and homesick Houstonian in the Hill Country (Kerrville).

Feel free to take a look at my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/30090334@N05/

Anyway, I will be coming home this weekend for the first time since Ike. My folks live on the west end of Galveston, so I will be helping them with some clean-up. I am also bringing my friend from California who has never been to Texas. I wanted to show her the sky lobby at Chase Tower but I am assuming it is still out of commission. Are the windows still boarded up? I haven't seen any recent pictures of "post-ike Houston." If the JPM tower is out, is the Wells Fargo observation deck open?

Any insight would be appreciated.

I am not absolutely certain, but I doubt if sky lobby windows were blown out. (1) The vast majority of the blown -out windows were on the east side of the building, while the sky lobby windows face south-ish. (2) The vast majority of the blown out windows were below the 45th floor. The sky lobby is at what, 60?

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I have been lurking for the last few months and finally decided to introduce myself. I am a native and homesick Houstonian in the Hill Country (Kerrville).

Feel free to take a look at my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/30090334@N05/

Anyway, I will be coming home this weekend for the first time since Ike. My folks live on the west end of Galveston, so I will be helping them with some clean-up. I am also bringing my friend from California who has never been to Texas. I wanted to show her the sky lobby at Chase Tower but I am assuming it is still out of commission. Are the windows still boarded up? I haven't seen any recent pictures of "post-ike Houston." If the JPM tower is out, is the Wells Fargo observation deck open?

Any insight would be appreciated.

Welcome to HAIF. I just got back into Houston last week. This is my first week back since the Hurricane. I had to step out of the country but was able to watch the coverage on Fox and CNN. A buddy of mine works at Chase tower and said he thinks the sky lobby is open. I have tomorrow off and one of my soldiers is in town from San Antonio, I was thinking about showing him the sky lobbies and tunnels.

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Here's a picture I took of it 2 days ago. As you can see its still in pretty rough shape, and prognosis negative on getting into the Sky Lobby. Even Wells Fargo still has some boarded windows.

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I am not absolutely certain, but I doubt if sky lobby windows were blown out. (1) The vast majority of the blown -out windows were on the east side of the building, while the sky lobby windows face south-ish. (2) The vast majority of the blown out windows were below the 45th floor. The sky lobby is at what, 60?

I can see that side of the tower from my office window and the sky lobby windows appear to be undamaged. I have no idea if you can get up there though.

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Here's a picture I took of it 2 days ago. As you can see its still in pretty rough shape, and prognosis negative on getting into the Sky Lobby. Even Wells Fargo still has some boarded windows.

Wow. That's pretty telling that a month later it still looks the same. I bet the insides took a good thrashing.

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Windows are still boarded up but the observation deck is open... my family was in town this past weekend and I took them up there. ^_^

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Wow. That's pretty telling that a month later it still looks the same. I bet the insides took a good thrashing.

Yes, I was downtown right after the storm before they had a police presence and there was paperwork, staplers, and yes even desks strewn all over the street in a million pieces. That's probably why the police had the street blocked off for so long, because I'm sure there were all kinds of corporate secrets laying all over the streets.

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Wow. That's pretty telling that a month later it still looks the same. I bet the insides took a good thrashing.

I was talking to the manager of one of the other skyscrapers downtown (one with relatively very few windows damaged). He said it will take a long time (many months) to get all the windows replaced. Just takes a while to get those windows and get them installed.

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The only thing I ever thought that it needed were places to sit and view, everything else seemed fine to me the many times I was up there.

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I thought the observation deck was on the 60th floor not the 75th floor?

 

LOL   You noticed that too, eh?  

 

(It is on the 60th floor, not "atop the 75 story building" as the Chron would have you believe.)

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It is NativeHoustonian.  I always remember the Royal Bank of Scotland's offices being up there too.  Wonder if they still lease that same space?

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Not impressed at all. Personally, someone better than me should construct a miniature scale model of downtown or Houston within the observation view and place it in a case in the observation tower in order to have people try to place different landmark locations. Ash, birch or even Aspen hardwood floors would work better.

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Are there new lights ontop of the Chase Tower? They look like the usual Christmas bulbs they have but more streamlined. I could have sworn they changed color but they seem dim.

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No clue what it was, several more showed up as well as ambulances and tahoes. It appeared that smoke was coming out of the top. They were out there for around an hour then just left.

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No clue what it was, several more showed up as well as ambulances and tahoes. It appeared that smoke was coming out of the top. They were out there for around an hour then just left.

Six fire trucks show up at cvx tower every week

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