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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 27 and 28. 1929. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 2, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll1/item/131/show/126.

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(1929). The Gulf Building: Thirty-five Floors, One Thousand Offices - Pages 27 and 28. Houston the Magnolia City. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll1/item/131/show/126

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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 27 and 28
Description Left page: The Expansion, cont. Right page: Color illustration titled "General Offices." The Expansion, cont.
Caption Caption: "Efficient New Quarters"; Caption: "GENERAL OFFICES"
File Name magno_201009_004q.jpg
Transcript original Gulf Building was taken there were only one hundred fifty employees in the Houston offices and the area used was slightly over 25,000 square feet. Rapid growth of the organization soon necessitated taking 55,000 additional square feet in the Foster and Mason Buildings, which have been occupied for the past two years. No other office space was available in Houston, and the ever widening horizon of these interests demanding even larger and better offices, negotiations were begun with Mr. Jesse H. Jones which culminated in a contract for twelve floors in the outstanding building which is the subject of this book. In the present Gulf Building twelve floors with a total area of 110,000 square feet are occupied. Eleven hundred employees are engaged in the work of enlarging the scope and influence of The Gulf Companies in today's offices. On floors seven to nineteen, inclusive, of the building various departments of The Gulf Companies enjoy unusually fine acccommodations. Finished throughout to correspond with the balance of the structure, these offices are seemingly apart. The atmosphere is of a great macinge, working at top speed to accomplish an end. Employees pass swiftly from office to office. A great general work room is filled with the subdued noise of things being done. It is as though a giant were breathing softly at his task. In designing these quarters one idea was paramount. They were to be as compact and efficient as planning and familiarity with routine work could make them. Anything not conductive to the swift execution of duties was discarded...beauty is combined with utility. The schemme is of great, high-ceilinged rooms with an abundance of sunlight (which is an outstanding feature of the entire building) and air. Lighting fixtures are so placed as to obliterate shadows, desks and furniture arranged to give immediate access to those things which are a part of daily work; even the detail of placing telephone instruments where they are most convenient was considered. Private suites of the executives are planned to give easy communication with departments and their furnishing is such that, while enjoying the distinction of good taste, no