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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 21 and 22. 1929. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 29, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll1/item/131/show/123.

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(1929). The Gulf Building: Thirty-five Floors, One Thousand Offices - Pages 21 and 22. Houston the Magnolia City. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll1/item/131/show/123

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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
  • Image
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 21 and 22
Description Left page: The Ideal, cont. Color illustration titled "Impregnable: The Safety Deposit Vaults."
Caption Caption: "IMPREGNABLE: THE SAFETY DEPOSIT VAULTS"; Caption: "The New Banking Home"
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Transcript terrazzo in a number of blended colors and aluminum strips laid in an intricate pattern of radiating designs. The walls are of French limestone, embellished with fluted pilasters supporting on their carved capitals an elaborately ornamented stone frieze, from which springs the cornice and richly decorated coffered ceiling. Panels of especially fabricated glass and metal ribs, which form an ornate design in the central area of the ceiling, and supply the entire room with a flood of mellow daylight. The officers areas, cages, and working spaces on each side of the room are separated from the public space by a low, friendly screen of "rosato d'or marble" and Benedict nickel grilles, the proportions and color of which are in perfect harmony with the room proper. Just forward, on entering from Main Street, a handsome marble staircase leads to the safe deposit department. A marble screen and grilles of Benedict nickel separate the stair hall from the vault lobby, in which are located the coupon booths, and opening off from which are the vault and numerouns conference rooms. Separated from the banking room in the Travis Street end, elevators and staircases provide access to the various bank departments and workrooms located above the main room. Artificial illumination for the main area is provided by means of reflectors above the glazed ceiling panel, and also by ornamental fixtures of etched glass and nickel studding the ceiling. A spacious directors room on the second floor overlooks the banking room through two large carved marble openings, separated only from the main room by silverized metal balustrades. In every appointment, these quarters are a definite departure from the banks of a few years back. Friendly cooperation is typified in the warm coloring and low, intimate counters and railings. Everybody department having contact with the customer is designed to facilitate his errand and place him in immediate touch with the necessary person and things about the bank. The impression is of a greate lounge for the meeting and entertainment of guests, a dominant ideal of the officers, directors and employees of "The Bank of Courtesy"...a well earned designation of this institution.