Juan (mcclintock) wrote,

Transco Tower

Today some nutcase climbed the Transco Tower (now called the Williams Tower, but nobody here in Houston calls it that.) I thought it was just a cheap stunt, and I heard about it on the radio on the way in since the Mix DJ could see them from their studio. I heard a bit after arriving that the person fell from the 30th floor and died, making it a very sad story instead of humourous nutcase spider-man story.

You can see the tower in my picture in the background. It is the major landmark of my city for me, and when I see it I always know I am close to home. It is a thing of majestic beauty, jutting gracefully skyward out of the Galleria area. A lone dark elegant tower with a shining beacon of light. For some reason the building resonates with the glory of the modern age and the warmth of home. It is sad that I found out the name of the architect in the story today. The Williams Tower, a Houston landmark formerly known as the Transco Tower, is 64 stories high. The glass and steel tower was designed by the famous architect Philip Johnson and built in 1983. It is the largest free standing skyscraper outside of a central business district in the United States. God bless you Philip Johnson, where ever you are for your beautiful building.

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