Bank buildings are known for emulating a feeling of stability, security, and wealth. This aspect of bank buildings is prominent across the country, including the state of Texas. There are countless banks in the state, and a lot of them occupy some truly breathtaking and jaw-dropping buildings.
In this article, we’ll be covering our top five bank buildings in Texas, in no particular order. These buildings are listed based on a number of criteria, being: History, style, size, and general looks. Some of the buildings in this article will be over a hundred years old, while some will be tall modern buildings, such as this bank for example.
Without further ado, let’s go over some incredible bank buildings.
1. Mercantile Bank, Dallas
The Mercantile National Bank Building, also known as The Merc, is a 523-foot skyscraper located in downtown Dallas, Texas. It was once the home of the Mercantile National Bank, which no longer operates today. The building was constructed in 1943, making it the only skyscraper built during the second world war.
The style of the building is art deco, and includes a very unique clock tower and spire atop the building, which lights up at night.
2. TC Energy Center, Houston
The TC Energy Center, formerly known as the RepublicBank Center, the NCNB Center, the NationsBank Center, and the Bank of America Center, is a skyscraper located in Houston, Texas. It was completed in 1983, and stands tall at 780 feet with 56 stories.
The building was renamed to TC Energy Center in 2019, after the company became the largest tenant in the building. The building was originally for the Bank of America, and has undergone several name changes.
3. Frost Bank Tower, Austin
With a beautiful glass facade and pyramidal crown atop the building, the Frost Bank Tower is arguably the most intricate building on this list. It is also one of the newest, having been finished in 2003. The construction began in November 2001, which makes the building the first skyscraper to have been constructed after the attacks on September 11.
Located in Austin, this tower is the 5th tallest in the city. It is 33 stories tall, and actually has a few available floors for lease. The 14th, 15th, 25th, and 26th floors will be available to lease beginning in 2023 and 2024.
4. First National Bank Tower, Dallas
Also known as Elm Place, this is the second skyscraper located in downtown Dallas on this list. Sitting at 625 feet, it’s also a fair amount taller than Mercantile Bank. However, it’s also around 20 years older, having been constructed in 1965.
When it first opened, it was able to claim the title of the tallest building west of the Mississippi. That changed a few years later, when a skyscraper opened in San Francisco at 555 California Street.
5. Bank of America Plaza, Dallas
Bank of America Plaza is a truly iconic building in the Dallas skyline. It may be the third skyscraper from Dallas on our list, but we have saved the best for last.
This 72-story skyscraper towers 921 feet above downtown Dallas, claiming the spot of the tallest skyscraper in the city and the third tallest in Texas overall. Construction of Bank of America Plaza began in 1983, and finished in 1985.
Thanks for checking out this article featuring the top five bank buildings in Texas. If you want to look at some other examples of prominent bank buildings, we recommend exploring the various banks throughout New England in the United States, such as the Fleet Bank Building in Rhode Island.