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Kinder Morgan Building (Tenneco Building)

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Tenneco Building
1963, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. 1001 Louisiana St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The thirty-three-story Tenneco Building was built by the Tennessee Gas Transmission Company, a conglomerate that grew out of a natural gas pipeline distribution system formed during World War II. Tenneco represents Edward C. Bassett of SOM's regionalization of the steel-framed, glass curtain wall, high-rise office building of the late 1950s and 1960s. He recessed the glass ten feet behind the steel structural bays of the square tower so that the structural frame shades the glass on all four sides. Rehabilitation of the building by Gensler in 2010–2011 entailed extensive alterations to the base of the building.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Kinder Morgan Building (Tenneco Building)", [Houston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 330-330.

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