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Pennzoil Place

Identification

Pennzoil Place
office complex
102407

Map

Facts

  • Pennzoil chairman J. Hugh Liedtke specifically asked for buildings that did not look like One Shell Plaza.
  • The two towers are separated by a 10-foot wide slot, and topped with 45° sloping roofs.
  • Johnson/Burgee began the Pennzoil design in 1970. The entire complex was built between 1972 and 1976 and cost $50 million.
  • The project was so successful at the outset that despite the mid-1970s recession the developer added two floors to each tower during construction to meet the demand for office space.
  • Chief architect Philip Johnson was awarded the 1978 AIA Gold Medal and became the first laureate of the Pritzker Prize in Architecture in 1979 for his work on Pennzoil Place.

Location

Houston
Texas
U.S.A.

Involved Companies


Johnson/Burgee Architects

Gensler

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# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 undefined-view-from-the-east Pennzoil Tower 523 ft 36 skyscraper 1975
2 top-top-of-the-building Pennzoil Place II 523 ft 36 skyscraper 1975
existing
under construction
planned
unbuilt
demolished
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