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The Gulf Building: Thirty-five Floors, One Thousand Offices
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The Gulf Building: Thirty-five Floors, One Thousand Offices - Pages 19 and 20. 1929. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll1/item/131/show/122.

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(1929). The Gulf Building: Thirty-five Floors, One Thousand Offices - Pages 19 and 20. Houston the Magnolia City. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll1/item/131/show/122

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Title The Gulf Building: Thirty-five Floors, One Thousand Offices
Publisher Jesse H. Jones & Co.
Date 1929
Description 33 page pamphlet describing the thirty-five floor Gulf Building, built by Jesse H. Jones and Co. for the National Bank of Commerce. Ground breaking ceremonies started in the summer of 1927 and the first tenants, Sakowiz Brothers, were able to move in to the building on April 16, 1929. The pamphlet includes a history of the building and several color illustrations of the interior and exterior of the Gulf Building.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.
  • Buildings
  • Banks and banking
  • Skyscrapers
  • Designs and plans
  • Bank buildings
Subject.Topical (TGM-1)
  • Buildings
  • Banks
Subject.Topical (AAT)
  • skyscrapers
  • architectural drawings
  • banks (buildings)
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Jones, Jesse H. (Jesse Holman), 1874-1956
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
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Original Item Location NA6233.H68 G84 1929
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b2961059~S11
Digital Collection Houston the Magnolia City
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll1
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Title Pages 19 and 20
Description Left page: The Ideal, cont. Right page: The Ideal, cont. Colot illustration titled "Corner Senior Executive Offices."
Caption Caption: "Col. O. T. Holt, First President"; Caption: "CORNER SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICES"
File name magno_201009_004m.jpg
Transcript further increased by acquisition of the Foster Building adjoining, thus giving it one hundred feet of Main Street frontage. Banking rooms in the original Gulf Building have been enlarged four times since its purchase, each remodeling being necessary to give greater accomodation to customers. The first president was Colonel O. T. Holt, one of Houston's pioneers and a distinguished Texan of his day. Upon his death, G. C. Street was elected president (March 25, 1913), his administration continuing until February 25, 1915 Mr. Street was followed by R. M. Farrar, who gave the bank a most capable administration. Mr. Farrar redesigned January 11, 1921. Judge S. A. Lindsey, of Tyler, Texas, next took the helm, retiring March 14, 1922, to be succeeded by Jesse H. Jones, builder of the Gulf Building. An interesting sidelight upon the changing direction of the organization is secured through knowledge that of the original board of directors, only two remain: N. E. Meador, now vice president, and H. S. Filson, a member of the executive committee. From the beginning in 1912, the bank's growth has been steady and since the assumption of control by the present group, the capital, surplus and deposit accounts which were on June 30, 1915, as follows: Capital, $500,000.00; Surplus and Profits, $24,827.13; Deposits, $1,041,137.54; have grown until on June 30, 1929, they were: Capital, $1,000,000.00; Surplus and Profits, $2,398,934.78, with Deposits totalling $10,452,497.57. March 27, 1929, additional capital was provided by the stockholders to fit more nearly the great bankign quarters then nearing completion. It is noteworthy that nearly the amount of original capital has been returned to stockholders in dividens. The new home of the bank has been designed to visualize the prestige and importance of the institution to the community. Access to the main banking room is through the building lobby and also from Travis Street. On entering, one finds himself in an immense space, seventy by one hundred twelve feet, the walls of which rise sheer and unobstructed to a ceiling forty-three feet from the floor, which, with the exception of a French marble border, is of