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Exclusive: Gerald D. Hines On His Life Building Houston’s Iconic Skyline

From the Galleria, to Williams Tower, to One Shell Plaza, Hines discusses the role he played in creating so many iconic Houston structures.

Gerald Hines Quote FacebookGerald Hines - Raising the Bar - Book CoverEver shopped at the Galleria? Gone up to the top of the 64-story Williams Tower? Or have you been inside One Shell Plaza or Pennzoil Place? So has Gerald Hines.

But, the difference is he built them.

In 1967, Shell Oil Company hired Hines to design and build their new downtown Houston headquarters, and he's talking only to Houston Matters about his amazing career.

There’s a biography of Hines by Mark Seal called Raising The Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D. Hines.

  • Completed in 1975, Pennzoil Place consists of two 36-story trapezoidal towers of dark bronze-tinted glass connected by a 115-foot-high, glass-enclosed courtyard.  (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
    Completed in 1975, Pennzoil Place consists of two 36-story trapezoidal towers of dark bronze-tinted glass connected by a 115-foot-high, glass-enclosed courtyard. (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
  • Completed in 1971, One Shell Plaza is a 50-story office tower containing 1.6 million square feet located in the heart of Houston's central business district. (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
    Completed in 1971, One Shell Plaza is a 50-story office tower containing 1.6 million square feet located in the heart of Houston's central business district. (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
  • The Galleria in Houston is a three million-square-foot mixed-use complex located on a 52-acre site in southwest Houston.  (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
    The Galleria in Houston is a three million-square-foot mixed-use complex located on a 52-acre site in southwest Houston. (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
  • Completed in 1983, Williams Tower is located adjacent to the famous Galleria mixed-use center. (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
    Completed in 1983, Williams Tower is located adjacent to the famous Galleria mixed-use center. (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
  • Houston's Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park at night. (Photo Credit: Hines.com)
    Houston's Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park at night. (Photo Credit: Hines.com)