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I like it a lot in it's simplicity and it's history. So I'll repeat my thoughts anytime someone calls it ugly.   Apart from it's height, you could teleport/swap it to the Shinjuku District i

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I wasn't aware that the JP Morgan Chase name was dropped. When did this happen?

 

That's exactly what I came here to find out. Saw this posted on my FB news feed. Article above fails to mention it as originally the Texas Commerce Bank Building

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Someone on skyscraperpage gave a good example of a building in Chicago facade changing andthe result was much better than how it was previously.

First Canandian Place in Toronto. The building was recladded, and has a more clean look to it now. Something like this for JP Morgan Chase Tower would be nice.

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First Canandian Place in Toronto. The building was recladded, and has a more clean look to it now. Something like this for JP Morgan Chase Tower would be nice.

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Yea that was it and I would like something like that to be done to the JP Morgan Chase Tower too. It just looks so much better.

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Dont know if it was mentioned but they are renovating the sky lobby.

If I could add anything, I would add a super tall antenna or spire, just to reclaim the "tallest building west of the mississippi" title and piss off all those friendly people in LA :lol:

Some places don't count antennae in height counts it would have to be a spire or crown.

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^ I doubt it.  San Fransico's Transbay will be 1,070 feet in an extremely overcrowded and EXPENSIVE market.  Houston - as we've seen during this current boom is far more content to build 20-30 floor towers with adjacent 1,000 space parking structure out on the periphery than to build multi-tennant highrises in downtown.  I believe we really need to see more density here before someone wants to pony-up the cash to build a 70+ floor tower (or even a 50 floor tower with an embellishment atop it).

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^ I doubt it.  San Fransico's Transbay will be 1,070 feet in an extremely overcrowded and EXPENSIVE market.  Houston - as we've seen during this current boom is far more content to build 20-30 floor towers with adjacent 1,000 space parking structure out on the periphery than to build multi-tennant highrises in downtown.  I believe we really need to see more density here before someone wants to pony-up the cash to build a 70+ floor tower (or even a 50 floor tower with an embellishment atop it).

 

As a developer stated from Chicago: Houston is where Chicago was 20 years ago.

 

Meaning Houston is densifying .

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^ And that's fantastic!  Particularly for people in my line of work...

 

The more the merrier.  Although I still think we're 4-5 50 or so floor towers away from seeing something larger pop-up.

 

And honestly the best chance we have of seeing a major 300m + building is the Chevron campus.  They have the money and power to easily facilitate something like that.

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^ And that's fantastic!  Particularly for people in my line of work...

 

The more the merrier.  Although I still think we're 4-5 50 or so floor towers away from seeing something larger pop-up.

 

And honestly the best chance we have of seeing a major 300m + building is the Chevron campus.  They have the money and power to easily facilitate something like that.

 

Yea, so far it is a rumor Chevron will add another tower to it's campus.

 

The developer from Chicago is the guy behind hanover highrise in BLVD Place and also the one in charge of the 30 story highrise in montrose.

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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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http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/The-Sky-Lobby-at-Chase-Tower-is-now-closed-to-the-8315663.php

 

"The 60th floor Sky Lobby at the Chase Tower in Downtown Houston has recently closed to the public, according to a representative.  According to a representative, the closure is permanent and was done in the interest of the building's tenants."

 

 

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Sky lobby is shut down to the public until further notice.

 

I asked the front desk about it and they said the problem was that large groups were creating issues for the tenants. Basically, the people in the lobby would ask the group to stage outside, or in a specific location, and the groups were not following those instructions. They also mentioned that tenants were complaining of room in the elevators to access the upper floors that are only accessible via the express elevator to the sky lobby.

 

They left it open ended that it might be re-opened to the public again at a later date.

 

For the groups of 1 to 4 (mom, dad and kids) it sucks that larger groups have taken away this really cool feature. It was always fun to be in the elevator and hear the expressions a young child would make as the doors would open at the sky lobby.

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53 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

This is stupid. Houston needs something like this. How can the Sears tower in Chicago handle tons of tourists, yet a few tenants here in Houston are complaining?

 

Hopefully it isn't permanent. the way they said it made me think they were going to close it till they came up with a solution to the complaints.

 

It is stupid, but it's also annoying needing to get on an elevator and walking into either the lower lobby, or the sky lobby and having it so packed that you can't get to an elevator. and the people blocking you aren't even trying to get on an elevator, they're just standing there. They do need to come up with a solution. They chose to close it while they are coming up with that solution. Hopefully the end solution isn't to leave it closed.

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1 hour ago, j_cuevas713 said:

This is stupid. Houston needs something like this. How can the Sears tower in Chicago handle tons of tourists, yet a few tenants here in Houston are complaining?

 

Sears Tower was designed and built specifically to handle tourists going to an observation level, with separate elevators and separate building entrances.  And the Sears Tower observation level was designed as just that. It's not an elevator lobby doubling as an observation room.

 

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46 minutes ago, Montrose1100 said:

The one cool, family friendly thing to do Downtown... 

 

Oh well, Wells Fargo is still accessible. Could always pretend to be interested in booking an event on top of 1 Shell Plaza for a "tour" and sneak some pics.

 

Seriously?  There are now no cool family friendly things to do downtown?  Get a grip, dude.

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Is this the first time anyone can think of where tourism ruined something in Houston for the rest of us?  We've arrived!  Also, if it's the tour group company I am thinking of, this doesn't surprise me at all that they didn't follow instructions and were generally a hassle.    

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23 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Seriously?  There are now no cool family friendly things to do downtown?  Get a grip, dude.

If there was a pie chart of my opinion (get a grip if you don't agree), of cool things to do Downtown, and family friendly things, the only small sliver in the middle would be the sky lobbies.

 

aquarium? Sports games? Water feature in Disco Green? Bowling? City Hall Visitor's center? Uncool.

 

Sky Lobbies? Cool.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Montrose1100 said:

The one cool, family friendly thing to do Downtown... 

 

Oh well, Wells Fargo is still accessible. Could always pretend to be interested in booking an event on top of 1 Shell Plaza for a "tour" and sneak some pics.

http://www.chron.com/homes/commercial/article/Some-of-Houston-s-best-views-are-going-private-4735971.php

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At Wells Fargo Plaza, 1000 Louisiana, two-story "sky lobbies" on the 34/35th and 57/58th floors are no longer open to the public.

Did they reverse course on that?

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2 hours ago, samagon said:

 

Hopefully it isn't permanent. the way they said it made me think they were going to close it till they came up with a solution to the complaints.

 

It is stupid, but it's also annoying needing to get on an elevator and walking into either the lower lobby, or the sky lobby and having it so packed that you can't get to an elevator. and the people blocking you aren't even trying to get on an elevator, they're just standing there. They do need to come up with a solution. They chose to close it while they are coming up with that solution. Hopefully the end solution isn't to leave it closed.

I don't know the elevator traffic amount but perhaps a solution is to have one elevator dedicated to tourists and have it clearly marked. Perhaps they can block all elevators to tourists during peak hour usage... morning hours, noon, and afternoon hours.

 

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Sears Tower was designed and built specifically to handle tourists going to an observation level, with separate elevators and separate building entrances.  And the Sears Tower observation level was designed as just that. It's not an elevator lobby doubling as an observation room.

Even if you're trying to play devil's advocate for the lobby closing, you have to admit it is a big loss not to have this lobby open to the public. This is by far one of the top spots I take out of towners to awe them with the size and landscape of Houston. Brought a client from Boston here just 2 weeks ago and she just had to take photos of it all. Besides the tunnels and Discovery Green, that was one of her big moments in downtown. Even after I posted this news on my Facebook, a lot of people told me they were pissed off about this... I feel like they even redesigned this lobby to impress more people. Can't see why this place cannot function as both.

 

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8 hours ago, adr said:

Also, if it's the tour group company I am thinking of, this doesn't surprise me at all that they didn't follow instructions and were generally a hassle.    

 

That's exactly what I was thinking.  We were above 60 for a decade or so before the tour companies started up, and the tourists weren't really a problem then - even the senior groups put together by various county commissioners or the occasional bunch of students.  OTOH, some of the commercial tour groups are a nuisance even on the streets - they just don't seem to know how to share.

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