Theater District, Houston
The Houston Theater District, located downtown, is Houston's home for the performing arts. Over 2 million people every year visit it's facilities and it ranks 2nd in the United States in total number of theater seats in a downtown area. Only New York City has more. It has permanent residents in all of the performing arts, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, and several theatre companies. Some of the facilities in the Theater District are world-renowned: Jones Hall, the Wortham Center, and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts just to name a few. Events and performances are held year round by the permanent resident companies, as well as visiting companies from all over the world. Many of the local companies, along with the facilities within the Theater District, have received awards and recognition for outstanding performances. The Houston Symphony, with it's relatively short but extensive history, continues to perform some of the greatest concerts the world over, both here at home, as well as on tour. And the newest facility within the Theater District, the Hobby Center, which opened in 2002, has already received numerous awards and hosts premiere events and performances all year long. If you are a fan of the performing arts, the Houston Theater District is sure to have something for your enjoyment!
The Williams Tower, formerly known as and still known to all Houstonians as the Transco Tower, is located in the Uptown District next to the Galleria Mall. It is a beautiful 64 story glass structure, and what makes it unusual is that at 903 ft., it is the tallest building in the world not located in a central business district. A huge rotating beacon light atop it can be seen across the city, which also gives it a unique characteristic among skyscrapers of the city. Built in 1983, it was named after Transco Energy Corporation, and then after Williams Energy when it was purchased in the late 1990's.
Built in 1983, at 901 ft., the Transco Tower was built as the largest structure outside of a Central Business District, which is still a fact today. It stands 65 stories tall, and is located just off highway 610.
It is now called Williams Tower after Transco was purchased by Williams Energy.
One of the most unique feats about this tower is that it was built in only 16 months, which was unprecedented for something that tall!
One of the nicest landmarks throughout the Houston area is Transco Fountain, which is a park of the Williams Tower Complex. The fountain is part of a larger 3 acre park area which was designed by Richard Fitzgerald and Partners. This fountain is a very popular spot for wedding photos to be taken, and is very beautiful.
It is located off 610, a little south of the Galleria and just north of Highway 59.