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One Shell Plaza
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General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style "Modernism
Location 910 Louisiana Street
"Houston, "Texas
Country United States
"Coordinates 29°45′33″N 95°22′04″W / 29.7591°N 95.3677°W / 29.7591; -95.3677"Coordinates: 29°45′33″N 95°22′04″W / 29.7591°N 95.3677°W / 29.7591; -95.3677
Completed 1971; 47 years ago (1971)
Height
Antenna spire 304.8 m (1,000 ft)
Roof 217.6 m (714 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 50
Floor area 113,900 m2 (1,226,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 22
Design and construction
Architect "Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Developer "Hines Interests Limited Partnership
Engineer "Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Main contractor W. S. Bellows Construction
References
[1][2][3][4]

One Shell Plaza (OSP) is a 50-story, 217.6 m (714 ft) skyscraper at 910 Louisiana Street in "Downtown Houston, "Texas. Perched atop the building is an "antenna that brings the height to 304.8 m (1,000 ft). At its completion in 1971, the tower was the tallest in the city.

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Designers[edit]

One Shell Plaza was designed by the "architectural firm of "Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Associate architects were Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, and the landscape architects were "Sasaki Associates. "One Shell Square, in "New Orleans and "Republic Plaza in "Denver, also designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, have designs very similar to that of One Shell Plaza. Like One Shell Plaza, One Shell Square has Shell Oil as a major tenant.

Tenants[edit]

"Shell Oil Company, a subsidiary of "Royal Dutch Shell, was headquartered in this building until 2016.[5][6][7][8] The "law firm of "Baker Botts is also headquartered there.[9][10]

The Houston Club, on the 49th floor of the building, has dining, entertainment, and meeting facilities.[11]

History[edit]

The building opened in 1971 and was renovated in 1994.[11] The $80 million in major renovations included an updated lobby and plaza, elevator modernization, upgrades to the buildings EMP systems, new lighting, and ADA modifications.[12]

In December 2011 Shell renewed the lease for 804,491 sq ft (74,739.7 m2). The new lease retroactively had the start date of January 1, 2011, and will last for 15 years, ending in 2025.[13]

In March 2012 "Hines Interests Limited Partnership announced it was putting the building up for sale.[14]

Antennas[edit]

The 170 ft mast atop the building has carried various television and radio signals since the building's completion. The mast supported 1971 start up channel 26 "KVRL (later KDOG, now KRIV) and a mast that simultaneously radiated signals for eight FM stations "KYND (then 92.5, now KKBQ on 92.9 MHz), 93.7 "KRLY (now KQBT), 95.7 "KIKK-FM (now KKHH), 99.1 "KODA, 100.3 "KILT-FM, 101.1 "KLOL, 102.1 "KLYX, and 104.1 "KRBE. The combiner and antenna was supplied by Electronic Research Inc. One Shell was used until the completion of the then "Texas Commerce Tower and "Allied Bank Plaza in 1982–1983, creating a skyscraper canyon that causes multipath distortion, and necessitated the move to the Houston "antenna farm in "Missouri City.

Gallery[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

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Introduction to a scene from August 1980 on the former NBC soap opera Another World. Views of the building would be seen more often during the run of spinoff soap opera Texas.
Left, sign on front of building labeling the fictional "World Building", the setting of fictional oil company "World Oil".
Right, same scene introduction, looking up at more of the building.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "One Shell Plaza". "CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  2. ^ One Shell Plaza at "Emporis
  3. ^ "One Shell Plaza". "SkyscraperPage. 
  4. ^ One Shell Plaza at "Structurae
  5. ^ Sarnoff, Nancy. "Namesake tenant departing One Shell Plaza". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Shell Wind Energy offices Archived 2008-12-27 at the "Wayback Machine.." "Royal Dutch Shell. Retrieved on January 14, 2009.
  7. ^ "Request for a Grant from Shell["permanent dead link]." "Royal Dutch Shell. Retrieved on January 14, 2009.
  8. ^ "Privacy Policy Archived 2011-01-29 at the "Wayback Machine.." "Royal Dutch Shell. Retrieved on January 14, 2009.
  9. ^ "Baker Botts hires corporate partner." "Austin Business Journal. Wednesday January 21, 2004. Retrieved on August 25, 2010.
  10. ^ "Houston, Texas Archived 2010-08-31 at the "Wayback Machine.." "Baker Botts. Retrieved on August 25, 2010. "One Shell Plaza 910 Louisiana Street | Houston | Texas..."
  11. ^ a b "One Shell Plaza." Hines Interests Limited Partnership. Retrieved on January 17, 2009.
  12. ^ TheSquareFoot "910 Louisiana Street." November 15, 2013. November 15, 2013.
  13. ^ Patel, Purva. "Shell renews downtown lease." "Houston Chronicle. December 5, 2011. Retrieved on December 5, 2011.
  14. ^ Sarnoff, Nancy. "Major downtown HQ to hit the market." "Houston Chronicle. March 27, 2012. Retrieved on March 30, 2012.

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