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America Tower
General information
Location 2929 Allen Parkway, Houston, Texas
Coordinates 29°45′39″N 95°23′51″W / 29.760745°N 95.39754867°W / 29.760745; -95.39754867Coordinates: 29°45′39″N 95°23′51″W / 29.760745°N 95.39754867°W / 29.760745; -95.39754867
Status Complete
Constructed 1983
Roof 590ft (180m)
Technical details
Floor count 42
Companies involved
Architect(s) Lloyd Jones Brewer and Associates
Owner AIG American General

The American General Center is a complex of several office buildings in Neartown Houston, Texas located along Allen Parkway.[1][2] It is owned by AIG American General.

The America Tower, the tallest building is a 590ft (180m) tall skyscraper. It was completed in 1983 and has 42 floors. It is the 18th tallest building in the city. It serves as the headquarters of Baker Hughes.[3] It served as the former headquarters of Continental Airlines; it now houses AIG American General. The other buildings include the Life Building, the Wortham Tower, the Woodson Tower (a.k.a. the Liberty Tower), and the Riviana Building.[4]



On July 1, 1983 Continental Airlines's headquarters were located at the America Tower, and would remain there until relocation to Downtown Houston in 1998 and 1999.[5][6][1][7][8] During the existence of Texas Air Corporation in the 1980s, it had its headquarters in the America Tower.[9] In September 1997 Continental announced that it would move its headquarters to Continental Center I.[10] Continental had occupied around 250,000 square feet in space in the America Tower before its lease expired in July 1998.[11]

In 1998 Andersen Consulting, now Accenture, announced that it would consolidate its existing Downtown Houston and suburban workforces into 153,000 square feet in the America Tower, with more than 1,100 employees based in the space. Lynn Cook of the Houston Business Journal described this as "an astonishing number for the size of Andersen Consulting's lease."[2] In 1999 Cushman & Wakefield, a realty firm, moved its Houston office into the America Tower from the Wells Fargo Tower of Four Oaks Place in Uptown Houston As of 1999 the building was 99% leased.[12]


The Consulate-General of Norway in Houston is in Suite 1185 in the Riviana Building.[13][4]


See also


  1. ^ a b Map of Neartown. Neartown Association. Retrieved October 20, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Cook, Lynn. "Andersen Consulting sets up new `hoteling' headquarters." Houston Business Journal. Friday February 19, 1999. Retrieved on August 22, 2009.
  3. ^ "Contact Us - Baker Hughes Global Headquarters Offices." Baker Hughes. Retrieved on October 19, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "American General Center." Drillinginfo. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.
  5. ^ "Insurer to Buy Continental Stock." Associated Press at Toledo Blade. Wednesday March 16, 1983. Page 4. Google News 3 of 52. Retrieved on August 22, 2009.
  6. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 71." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  7. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 22-28, 1995. 64.
  8. ^ "Company History 1978 to 1990." Continental Airlines. Retrieved on July 28, 2009.
  9. ^ "TEXAS AIR PLAYS ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE GAME OF TAKEOVER." Miami Herald. March 2, 1986. 1A Front. Retrieved on November 13, 2009.
  10. ^ "Company History 1991 to 2000." Continental Airlines. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  11. ^ Rutledge, Tanya. "Continental picks Cullen Center as destination for downtown HQ." Houston Business Journal. Friday January 31, 1997. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.
  12. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "Ex-mayor Lanier relocating real estate office downtown." Houston Chronicle. Sunday November 14, 1999. Business 8. Retrieved on November 12, 2009.
  13. ^ "Welcome to the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston." Consulate-General of Norway in Houston. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.

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