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Buffalo Bayou Big Bubble

in Tour Houston creatively

Dean Ruck designed this art happening which can be accessed beneath the Preston Street Bridge. There's a big red button, unlabeled. If you push the button, an air compressor emits a big air bubble into the water of Buffalo Bayou. Installed in 1998.

510 Preston St
Downtown, Houston 77002

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Downtown Tunnel System

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Throw out your old ideas of grimy, dark tunnels and step below the skyscrapers in downtown Houston. You'll find over six miles of brightly lit, shopper-friendly, and sometimes elegantly-designed walking and retail space connecting major buildings.

Wells Fargo Plaza tunnel entrance
1000 Louisiana St.
Downtown, Houston 77002

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Hotel Icon

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Neoclassical building from 1911 by architects Mauran, Russell & Crowell, restored into a hotel in 2004. Luxurious and stylish, now part of the Marriott Autograph Collection. Line & Lariat restaurant reinterprets Texan food.

220 Main Street
Downtown, Houston 77002

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Lancaster Hotel

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Historic hotel located in the Houston Theater District. Texas Historical Landmark and member of Historic Hotels of America. Built in 1926 and Houston's oldest continuously operated hotel. Old world charm, 19th century art, antique reproductions.

701 Texas Avenue
Downtown, Houston 77002

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City Hall

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One of the first totally air-conditioned buildings in Houston, completed in 1939, using WPA grants. Designed in the 'stripped classical' Art Deco style by local architect Joseph Finger, who was born in Austria but spent most of his career in Houston.

901 Bagby Street
Downtown, Houston 77002

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Alley Theatre

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Founded in 1947, the Alley is one of America's leading non-profit theaters, recipient of a Tony for regional repertory. Maintaining a resident company of actors and production artists. Also famous for the Brutalist architecture of its building.

615 Texas Street
Downtown, Houston 77002

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Ziegler Cooper Architects: Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral

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Ziegler Cooper is a Houston architecture firm primarily serving schools, churches and communities. The firm offices in Houston's Bank of America building, in a space that suggests the churches they design. A major builder for 30 years.

Ziegler Cooper is at 700 Louisiana Street
Suite 350
Downtown, Houston 77002

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TMCx at the TMC Innovation Institute

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TMCx is a special facility designed for the Texas Medical Center by Gensler architects. At the TMCx accelerator, the Innovation Institute brings together innovators and startup companies working to deliver new medical and scientific breakthroughs.

2450 Holcombe Blvd., Suite X
Downtown, Houston 77030

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1400 Smith (former Enron Building)

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One of Houston's most striking skyscrapers, a blue glass slab with curved corners. It is connected to its neighbors by a circular skywalk that crosses Smith Street. Former home of the infamous Enron Corporation, now occupied by Chevron.

1400 Smith Street
Downtown, Houston 77002

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Houston Ballet

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Internationally recognized dance company, now America's fifth largest. 55 medal-winning dancers, led by Stanton Welch. 60% of the performers brought in through its own academy. Performs at Wortham Theater Center. Premieres include Papillon, Dracula.

601 Preston Street
Admin offices
Downtown, Houston 77002

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