Comerica Bank Tower is a 60-story Postmodern skyscraper located in the Main Street District of downtown Dallas in Texas. It is currently considered as the third tallest building in the city of Dallas and the sixth tallest in Texas. It was formerly known as the Momentum Place, Chase Center and Bank One Center after its previous tenants.
Comerica Bank Tower History
The Comerica Bank Tower was initially planned to be the headquarters for MCorp Bank. It is built on the site of one of the busiest blocks in Dallas. An entire block was leveled in order to make way for the planned tower, which was planned to include a hotel, a large shopping mall and office spaces. But MCorp Bank decided on a more restrained design for an office tower without any retail spaces.
Construction on the tower began on 1985. The skyscraper opened in 1987 with the major tenant MCorp leasing 600,000 square feet of office space. Unfortunately, the economic downturn in the late 80’s and the savings and loan scandal caused MCorp to go bankrupt after the building’s opening. It then became known as the Bank One Center. Lacking a major tenant, the tower faced foreclosure twice, in 1991 and again in 1995. It also changed owners several times over the years.
It was not until 2007 that the tower was renamed Comerica Bank Tower after the said bank chose the tower to be its corporate headquarters in Dallas.
Comerica Bank Tower Features
The Comerica Bank Tower stands 787 feet or 240 meters tall. It has a total of 60 floors with a total floor area of over 1,500,000 square feet or 142,200 square meters as office spaces. It was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee as a postmodern architectural style tower. It made use of the traditional three-sectioned tower form with upper level setbacks. The setbacks form a cross shape when viewed from the building’s top section. Sheets of glass descending from the sides give it a waterfall-like facade . The first five floors of the tower feature the massive banking hall with a vaulted ceiling and skylight.