Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

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Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Roy Luck

The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall is one of Houston’s most popular spots to relax—and the city’s most photographed site. A dramatic 64-foot semicircular fountain, it recycles a ferocious 11 thousand gallons of water per minute, in what has become liquid Instagram gold. Once you’ve taken your mandatory snap and chosen a filter, grab some lunch from the neighboring Galleria (5085 Westheimer Rd, 713-622-0663) before returning to the oak glades in the Waterwall’s three-acre park, for picture-perfect picnicking conditions.

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Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park says
The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, formerly the Williams Waterwall and the Transco Waterwall, is a multi-story sculptural fountain which sits opposite the south face of Williams Tower in the Uptown District of Houston. The fountain and its surrounding park were built as an architectural amenity to the adjacent tower. Both the fountain and tower were designed by John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson. Originally privately owned in common with the office tower, the waterwall and the surrounding land were purchased by the Uptown Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, a non-profit local government corporation, in 2008 to ensure the long term preservation of the waterwall and park. The fountain currently operates between 10 am and 9 pm.ConstructionJohn Burgee Architects and Philip Johnson, in coordination with developer Gerald D. Hines began working on the Transco Tower complex in 1982, and completed construction of the office tower 18 months later in 1983. The Waterwall was fully and regularly operational in 1985.Construction and maintenance cost figures were never released, but at the time of completion, Johnson and Hines made public vital statistics about the wall, including measurements and water volume.DescriptionThe architects' design for the water wall was to be a "horseshoe of rushing water" opposite the Transco Tower. The semi-circular fountain is tall, to symbolize the 64 stories of the tower, and sits among 118 Texas live oak trees. The concave portion of the circle – which faces north toward the tower – is fronted by a "proscenium arch" shorter than the fountain itself. The convex portion, its backside, faces south onto Hidalgo Street.
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By: Jonathan Thompson


Venue name: Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
Address: 2800 Post Oak Blvd

Opening hours: Daily 8am–9pm
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