Market Square Tower Crane Now Taking Itself Apart as Construction Wraps Up

Market Square Tower construction, 777 Preston St., Downtown, Houston, 77002Market Square Tower construction, 777 Preston St., Downtown, Houston, 77002

The spindly yellow crane that has been dangling over the top of Woodbranch Investment’s Market Square Tower is coming down in pieces this afternoon, notes a downtown reader. The shot above shows the scene from the corner of Prairie and Travis streets, with the top edge of the still-standing-by-court-order former Houston Chronicle building sticking in from the left.

The 463-unit tower has been leasing spaces since April, with plans to open this fall. There’s still work to do on the building before then, though the support for the glass-bottom cantilevered rooftop pool that will hang some 500 feet above Preston looks to be in place. Here’s Jackson & Ryan’s rendering of what the space will look like once the water has been added:


Rendering of 777 Preston pool deck

And here’s the tower and crane photobombing last week’s shot of Hines’s Aris Market Square tower, currently making its way up into the airspace on the other side of Market Square:


Images: ‏tribalidentity (top 2); Jackson & Ryan (rendering); Bob Russell (bottom)

Coming Down Downtown

3 Comment

  • This is from last week, but I was able to take a hard hat tour of the building. Looking sharp from the inside. Also, fantastic views of downtown, and especially out to the west of Downtown. Fireworks parties on Independence Day are going to have a great view.

  • Another UGLY building. The architecture of a lot of the new structures are bland, blah, sterile. This reminds me of something done by a post-USSR architect. Houston NEEDS really cutting edge ,well designed buildings.

  • I’d say that Gerald Hines /Chilton Pickard’s new skyscraper 609 Main, which is close to topping out downtown, will change the way we look at our skyline. Its dominance over the northern skyline, is just now emerging with its sharply angled, multi faceted design, growing like a crystal, just east of Main. Along with the addition of the other Hines residential tower Ari’s, they will alter the focus of the skyline of downtown. I also think that Ziegler Coopers recently topped out tower Catalyst, is going to be a welcome addition to the northeast quadrant of downtown.