Houston The JP Morgan Chase Tower in Houston, which has 75 stories and is 1,002 feet (305 meters) tall, is the state's highest structure, excluding radio towers. The Wells Fargo building in Houston is the state's second-tallest structure, rising 992 feet (302 m) above the earth. Both buildings are in Houston's financial district.
Dallas The Willis Tower in Chicago, which is 2,722 feet (828 m) tall, is the tallest building in Texas. The U.S. Bank Tower in Dallas is also 2,722 feet (828 m) tall and holds the title of largest office building in Texas. These two buildings form the skyline of downtown Dallas.
Austin The Republic Plaza in Austin is named after its height in feet-rather than meters-which is 390 feet (119 m). It is also called "The Largest Office Building in Texas". This building houses many large companies such as IBM, E*TRADE, and Southwest Airlines.
San Antonio The Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk is the tallest building in both cities, at 343 feet (105 m). It is also the third-highest building in Texas (behind The Republic and U.S. Bank Towers), but it is not considered part of either city's central business district.
Ft. Worth The U.S. Bank Tower is the tallest building in Fort Worth and Texas' fourth-tallest building.
According to conventional height measurement, there are 51 high-rises in Houston that are at least 427 feet (130 m) tall as of June 2019. This height takes into account spires and architectural elements but excludes antenna masts. It is the world's 123rd highest skyscraper, the 21st tallest in the United States, and the tallest in Texas.
The City of Houston has 968 total buildings over 40 stories high, not including spires or antennas. This makes Houston one of the most building-rich cities in the United States after New York City and Chicago.
There are three primary factors that determine how high a building can be constructed: law, finance, and technology. In some countries, such as China, building heights are limited by law while in other countries, such as the United States, this limit is determined by finance and technology. The maximum height that can be built using traditional construction techniques is about 400 meters (1,312 ft). Some modern buildings have reached up to half a mile in height, but these are mostly wind turbines or radio telescopes.
Houston has experienced significant growth as a city and an energy hub, which has led to the development of many large structures. Oil wealth has allowed the creation of public facilities such as libraries and museums as well as private luxury apartments.
In 1950, there were only four skyscrapers in Houston. By 1980, this number had increased to 24. By 1990, this number had increased further to 52.
It is one of the highest structures in San Antonio and the 27th tallest structure in Texas. The tower is located in the heart of the former HemisFair '68 site and features an observation deck that may be reached via elevator for a charge. Open from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm daily.
The Tower of the Americas was built as part of the World's Fair 1968 in Houston, Texas. It was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen (1898-1961), who also designed the Gateway to the Pacific Ocean in St. Louis, Missouri. The tower has been called "the most famous architectural failure in American history". It was meant to be the centerpiece of the exhibition "The American Continent", but when only half completed it was clear that another designer had been used for the rest of the work. The fair itself was not a success and after two more years the land was sold at a loss.
Today the site of the fairground is occupied by North America's largest urban garden, which covers about 200 acres (0.81 km2). It is known as Washington Park and is one of the most visited attractions in San Antonio. The Tower of the Americas is one of the main features of the park and provides a view of the city from 150 feet (46 m) above ground level.
The Texas State Capital is 302.64 feet (92.24 m) tall, making it the sixth-tallest state capitol and one of just a few that are taller than the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The capitol was voted 92nd in the American Institute of Architects' 2007 "America's Favorite Architecture" survey. It was also named one of the "10 Great Buildings of Texas" by Texas Monthly magazine.
The United States Capitol is the more famous of the two buildings but it is also an impressive structure. Built between 1793 and 1846, it is the oldest federal building in the country and its size is less remarkable. It measures 400 feet by 240 feet, or 39 meters by 23 meters. The Texas State Capital, by comparison, is almost twice as big.
They both have 82 columns but each column in the Texas State Capital is larger than one found in the United States Capitol. They are 12 feet in diameter at the base and 4 feet 6 inches at the top for the Texas State Capital, while the columns of the United States Capitol are 10 feet in diameter at the base and 3 feet 9 inches high.
In addition to being taller and having more columns, the Texas State Capital is also wider than the United States Capitol. This is because there are rooms on the first floor of the Texas State Capital that aren't found in the United States Capitol.
The Devon Tower, which rises 844 feet (257 m) in Oklahoma City's core business center, is the state's highest skyscraper. Other prominent skyscrapers in Oklahoma City include Chase Tower and First National Center, which are the city's second and third highest structures, respectively. The former is primarily office space, while the latter is home to the American Bankruptcy Institute. In Tulsa, the 910-foot (281 m) BOK Center is the city's highest building.
There are no other skyscrapers in Oklahoma that are over 400 feet (122 m). The NextEra Energy Building, which is currently under construction in downtown Orlando, will be the state's first skyscraper over 500 feet (152 m). It is expected to be completed in 2017 at a cost of $350 million.
Oklahoma has four cities that are considered major metropolitan areas by the U.S. Census Bureau: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, and Norman. All have populations of over 500,000 people.
In addition to these cities, the United States Census Bureau also considers Will Rogers World Airport in Claremore to be a major metropolitan area because it has a population of around 70,000 people. However, this number includes both residents of the city itself as well as those living in surrounding towns such as Claremore, Ladd, and Mulhall.