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The Centennial Tower (Briercroft Building)

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1979, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. 200 N. Loraine St.

Designed by SOM’s Houston office, this fifteen-story office building with a triangular footprint and round corners is faced in alternating bands of mirrored glass windows and buff brick spandrels. Vertical reveals between the curved ends and the flat sides create a visual effect of monumental pilasters at the corners. The siting of the building and its rectangular concrete parking garage create a small, triangular, paved courtyard.

North of the Briercroft Building are the horizontally elongated, two-story Honolulu Oil Corporation Building (1949, John Ekin Dinwiddie and Richard Maxwell; 204 W. Illinois Avenue) and the five-story, curtain wall-clad Midland Municipal Administration Building (1960, Martin and Lemmon; 119 W. Illinois).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "The Centennial Tower (Briercroft Building)", [Midland, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 455-455.

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