JPMorgan Chase Tower Sky Lobby
Whether you have lived in Houston for 10 weeks or 10 years, the Sky Lobby at JPMorgan Chase Tower is a must-see for its spectacular view. The tower is located in the middle of downtown but, with 75 floors, dwarfs other buildings around it. While the majority of the space is used as offices, six massive elevators in the lobby, labeled “Sky Lobby,” are your ticket to the top. These elevators shoot directly up to the 60th floor, then open onto an expansive view of downtown and out to Houston’s suburbs. The lobby itself is minimalist, with a few white benches and a small sculpture in the middle. However, the real work of art is the floor-to-ceiling windows that cover half the floor. Visitors are welcome to walk right up to the glass, yet few seem fearless enough to look straight down. If you are curious about the other Houston skyscrapers, the Sky Lobby provides an interactive map that identifies the surrounding buildings.
The tower was built in 1981 and was originally named the Texas Commerce Tower. The building, designed by I.M. Pei and Partners, stands out among the Houston skyline not just for its height, but also for its five-sided design. According to current records, Chase Tower is the tallest building in Texas and the tallest five-sided building in the world. One curiosity: While praised for its sturdy construction, the Tower took a beating from Hurricane Ike in 2008. The storm blew out many of the Tower’s windows while other buildings in the area suffered considerably less damage. Scientists believe that the arrangement of the buildings downtown created wind vortices that caused the Tower to take the brunt of the winds while protecting the buildings around it.
The JPMorgan Chase Tower is an architecturally striking piece of the Houston skyline. As the tallest building in Texas, the Tower is viewable from all over the city. For those seeking a different view and an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Houston, take a ride up to the 60th floor and spend a few minutes in the Sky Lobby.
• Chase Tower is attached to the famous downtown Houston tunnel system, which is home to many restaurants and shops.
• There are bathrooms located on the 60th floor behind a secret door. Walk between the elevators, turn right, and push on the chrome wall in front of you to open the door.
600 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Metered Street Parking & Paid Lots in parking garage across the street