The Prudential Tower’s Grand Entrance, Before Its Not-so-Grand Exit

Responding to Swamplot’s request last week for photos of the former Prudential Life Insurance Tower the University of Texas’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is getting ready to demolish, architect Karen Lantz sends in a few photos she took while on a mod-gawking expedition in September 2003. Last week the medical institution began knocking down the porte-cochere at the building’s Holcombe St. entrance — to allow workers to remove one of the few items being preserved from the building: a mural in the building’s lobby painted by Peter Hurd in 1952. Lantz, who’s a bit of a demolition expert herself (her piece-by-piece dismantling of a home in Ranch Estates was awarded Swamplot’s Best Teardown Award in 2009), includes a few views of the grand entrance to Houston’s first-ever corporate campus:


The building was designed by Kenneth Franzheim and originally included a 27-acre campus with a pool, which Lantz — who grew up in Houston — remembers swimming in. After purchasing it from Prudential in 1975, M.D. Anderson labeled the 18-story structure its Houston Main Building.

Photos: Karen Lantz

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