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Wells Fargo Plaza (Houston)

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Wells Fargo Plaza
General information
Location1000 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas, United States
Coordinates29°45′30″N 95°22′06″W / 29.7584396°N 95.3682630°W / 29.7584396; -95.3682630Coordinates: 29°45′30″N 95°22′06″W / 29.7584396°N 95.3682630°W / 29.7584396; -95.3682630
Completed1982; 38 years ago (1982)
Opening1983; 37 years ago (1983)
Roof302.4 m (992 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count71[1]
Floor area170,362 m2 (1,833,760 sq ft)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectRichard Keating of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, also Lloyd Jones Brewer & Associates
DeveloperCentury Development Management[1]

The Wells Fargo Plaza, formerly the Allied Bank Plaza and First Interstate Bank Plaza, is a skyscraper located at 1000 Louisiana Street in Downtown Houston, Texas in the United States.

This building is currently the 20th-tallest Building in the United States, the second tallest building in Texas and Houston, after Houston's JPMorgan Chase Tower, and the tallest all-glass building in the Western Hemisphere.[2] It is the tallest building named for Wells Fargo.[citation needed]

From street level, the building is 302.4 meters (992 ft) tall and contains 71 floors. It extends four more stories below street level.[3] Only the Wells Fargo Plaza offers direct access from the street to the Houston tunnel system (a series of underground walkways connecting many of downtown Houston's office towers); otherwise, entry points are from street-level stairs, escalators, and elevators located inside buildings that are connected to the tunnel.[4]

Wells Fargo Plaza features a wide variety of fine amenities for its tenants including The Houstonian Lite Health Club located on the 14th floor.

Sky lobbies on the 34/35th and 58/59th floors are publicly accessible and offer views of Downtown Houston. These sky lobbies are served by double-decker elevators and primarily serve as transfer floors to local elevators.

The entrance of the skyscraper appears in the final scene of 1989 American thriller film Cohen and Tate (also known as "Cohen & Tate")


Wells Fargo Plaza's Logo
Wells Fargo Plaza's Logo

It was designed by Richard Keating, FAIA, while a partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.[5] In 1983, the building lost a large number of windows during Hurricane Alicia.[6] Originally named the Allied Bank Plaza, it was renamed to the First Interstate Bank Plaza in 1988.[7] First Interstate Bancorp was then taken over in 1996 by Wells Fargo, therefore transferring ownership of the building.

In 1993, the Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in Houston leased 9,707 square feet (901.8 m2) in the First Interstate Plaza.[8] In 1995 Koll Real Estate lost the management contract for the First Interstate Plaza.[9] In 1996, NGC Corp. (now Dynegy) leased 260,000 square feet (24,000 m2) in the First Interstate Plaza. The company moved over 700 jobs from a suburban office building along U.S. Route 290 (Northwest Freeway) to the Wells Fargo Plaza.[10] In 2012, the company moved out of the building as part of downsizing initiatives while undergoing bankruptcy procedures.[11]

In 2006, Targa Resources signed an 11-year lease to occupy 101,600 square feet (9,440 m2) of space in the Wells Fargo Plaza. Targa expanded from its subleased space and began to occupy floors 43 through 46.[12] With the expiration of the lease, Targa has since moved to 811 Louisiana. In 2007, CB Richard Ellis became the exclusive leasing agent for Wells Fargo Plaza. As of October of that year the building was 91% leased. The leased space consists mostly of large tenants, with some mid-sized tenants occupying space.[13]

In December 2014, PwC moved into the offices formerly occupied by Dynegy.[14]


The Houston office of PwC is primarily located in Suite 5800.[15]

The Houstonian Lite club is located in a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) area on the 14th floor. It includes group exercise studio space, locker rooms, a private Pilates studio, and exercise equipment. The club, operated by The Redstone Cos., operators of The Houstonian Hotel, was the third "Houstonian Lite" club in Greater Houston, and it was scheduled to open in mid-to-late March 2006. It had been under construction since December 2005. The owner of the Wells Fargo building, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Metropolitan Tower Realty Company Inc., and the building manager and lessor, Lincoln Property Co., developed the health club.[16]

The Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in Houston is located in Suite 1900. At one point the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston was located in Suite 5300 and later Suite 2300; as of 2008 the consulate now resides in 2 Houston Center.[17][18] At one point the Consulate-General of Switzerland in Houston resided in Suite 5670; the mission, which at a later point moved to Two Allen Center,[19] no longer exists.[20][21]

The office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas is located in Suite 2300.[22]

When Hit Video USA existed, its studios were in the building.[23][24]


See also


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  2. ^ Emporis Wells Fargo Plaza, Houston, Facts. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  3. ^ Emporis - Wells Fargo Plaza, Houston. Retrieved 11 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Downtown Houston". Houstondowntown.com. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  5. ^ "Cleanup begins as Alicia dwindles." St. Petersburg Times. Compiled by the St. Petersburg Times from Associated Press and United Press International Wires. Volume 100, Number 27. Saturday August 20, 1983. Page 11A. Section "Houston From 1A." Google News 9 of 78. Retrieved on December 1, 2009.
  6. ^ Performance of Building Cladding in Urban Environments under Extreme Winds (PDF), Nathaz (University of Notre Dame)
  7. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "New towers won't touch `ego buildings' of past." Houston Chronicle. Sunday November 2, 2003. Business 8. Correction published on November 4, 2003. Retrieved on December 1, 2009.
  8. ^ "Leasing briefs." Houston Chronicle. Sunday December 12, 1993. Business 8. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  9. ^ Rutledge, Tanya. "http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/1996/09/16/newscolumn2.html." Houston Business Journal. Friday September 13, 1996. Retrieved on April 7, 2010.
  10. ^ Carlsen, Peter S. and Dale E. Smith. "Houston's CBD resurgence is theme of Legacy Awards." Houston Business Journal. Friday February 21, 1997. Retrieved on December 1, 2009.
  11. ^ Blum, J. "Dynegy expanding in Houston after big deals." Houston Business Journal. Friday August 29, 2014. Retrieved on January 11, 2015.
  12. ^ Sarnoff, Nancy (March 22, 2017). "Targa Resources inks large downtown lease". Houston Chronicle.
  13. ^ "CBRE named exclusive agent for Wells Fargo Plaza." Real Estate Weekly. December 12, 2009. Retrieved on December 1, 2009.
  14. ^ "PwC US Opens New Workspace in the Heart of Downtown Houston." PwC. Monday December 15, 2014. Retrieved on January 11, 2015.
  15. ^ "PwC office locations in United States of America." PwC. Retrieved on January 11, 2015.
  16. ^ Wollam, Allison. "Houstonian Lite to open third location." Houston Business Journal. Friday February 10, 2006. Retrieved on October 14, 2012.
  17. ^ "East Asia Diplomatic Representatives in the United States Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine." Ohio University. Retrieved on December 24, 2008.
  18. ^ "Consulate-General of Japan at Houston". Web.archive.org. 2002-08-04. Archived from the original on 2002-08-04. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040905173649/http://www.eda.admin.ch/houston_cg/e/home/houston.html
  20. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-11-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20021023150836/http://www.eda.admin.ch/washington_emb/e/home/consul/houston/locat.html
  22. ^ http://www.justice.gov/usao/txs/contact.html
  23. ^ Rendon, Ruth. "HOUSTON'S HIT VIDEO VIES FOR LARGER SHARE OF VIEWERS." Associated Press at The Dallas Morning News. March 29, 1987. Retrieved on April 8, 2010. "This isn't MTV -- it's Hit Video USA -- and the video jockey is talking not from New York but from the 35th floor of a skyscraper in downtown Houston."
  24. ^ "HIT VIDEO USA." Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval (TARR) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved on April 8, 2010.
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