The Galleria, 1971
5015 Westheimer Road

General Contractor:
D.E. Harvey Builders
Architects: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum; Neuhaus & Taylor

When completed, the first phase of The Galleria stirred news and spawned copies in the U.S. and abroad. The glass barrel vault arching over the enclosed three-level shopping mall with an ice skating rink was combined with a hotel, movie theater and office tower. It created a totally controlled, air-conditioned urban environment for Houston, the unfulfilled dream of entrepreneur Glenn McCarthy and other visionaries. In the years following, Galleria I was joined by additional shops and a second hotel. Along with the original phase, Gallerias II, III and IV would total three million square feet, and involve several contractors. Although now surpassed in size by other mega-malls, Houston’s Galleria remains an icon of construction history.



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Bank of America
Chase Bank Building
Continental Center I
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Galleria
Greenway Plaza
One Shell Plaza
Pennzoil Place
Rice Stadium
San Jacinto Monument
Shamrock Hotel
Texas Medical Center
UH Downtown Student Activities
Wells Fargo Plaza


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Cockrell Butterfly Center (HMNS)
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Four-Leaf Towers
Ft. Bend Courthouse
Humble Building (Exxon Building)
Julia Ideson
Lee College
Niels Esperson
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Post Oak School
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