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Post Oak Central

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1973–1981, Johnson/Burgee Architects. 1980–2000 Post Oak Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Post Oak Central is a three-building-plus-garage complex developed by Gerald D. Hines Interests on a flat, seventeen-acre tract that belonged to architectural millwork manufacturer I. S. Brochstein. Hines is almost single-handedly responsible for giving Post Oak Boulevard its “uptown” status. His selection of illustrious architects inspired other developers, such as the Borlenghis, to follow suit. It was Brochstein, though, who brought Hines together with Philip Johnson by insisting that Hines retain Johnson/Burgee to design the Post Oak Central complex. One Post Oak Central of 1975 (with S. I. Morris Associates) is rectangular in plan. Two Post Oak Central of 1978 (with Richard Fitzgerald and Associates) is a parallelogram in plan, and Three of 1981 (also with Fitzgerald) is a right triangle in plan. Between them, they define an open lawn also configured as a right triangle. When I. M. Pei and Partners and Richard Fitzgerald and Associates designed the fourteen-story Hilton Houston Post Oak (originally the Warwick Post Oak) for Gerald D. Hines Interests in 1982 across the street at 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, they extended the diagonal trace of Two and Three Post Oak Central with the alignment of the hotel's facade.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Post Oak Central", [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, 357-358.

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