The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall park, formerly known as the Williams Waterwall or the Transco Waterwall is a multi-story sculptural fountain located opposite Williams Tower in Houston's Uptown District. The adjacent tower was also included in the design of the fountain and surrounding park. John Burgee Architects and Philip Johnson designed the fountain as well as the tower. The waterwall and surrounding land were originally privately owned. However, the Uptown Houston Tax Increment reinvestment Zone purchased the waterwall in 2008 to preserve the park and waterwall. The fountain is currently open from 10 am to 9 pm.
John Burgee Architects, Philip Johnson, and Gerald D. Hines, the developer, began work on the Transco Tower complex back in 1982. Construction of the office tower was completed 18 months later, in 1983. In 1985, the Waterwall was fully operational and was regularly used.
In 2012, an original site-specific performance, "Natural Acts in Artificial Water" by director/choreographer Stephan Koplowitz was performed on May 19, 20, 2012.https://www.skoplowitz.com/naturalacts
The original name of the waterwall was "Transco Waterwall". It was renamed to "Williams Waterfall" in honor of the renaming the adjacent office tower following the merger of Transco Energy Co. and the Williams Companies. The City of Houston renamed this site in honor of Gerald D. Hines, who had a significant impact on Houston architecture over the past six decades.
2013's made-for-TV movie The Preacher's Mistress was shot in Houston. It featured a scene that was taken in front of the Waterwall.
A portion of the 1992 Chuck Norris film Sidekicks was filmed at Waterwall.
During the 1992 Republican National Convention, the wall was an "official sight".
2001's made-for-TV movie The Way She Moves, filmed in Houston, featured scenes shot in front the Waterwall.
Locals call it "The Waterwall", and the fountain is a popular backdrop for both tourists and locals. The Waterwall is a central feature of Houston's landscape and is often used as a venue for concerts and picnics.
Former Oiler quarterback Dan Pastorini wed Dena Kindred in a private ceremony at The Wall on September 23, 1987.
Water cascades in large, channeled streams from the narrower top edge of the circle to its wider base below. This is both on the concave and convex sides. This creates an impressive urban waterfall that can easily be seen from many buildings in the district.
46,500 square feet (4.320 m2) of water covers the interior, while 35,000 sq. feet (3.300 m2) covers the exterior. The fountain's main building material is St. Joe brick. The Romanesque arches are made from Indiana Buss limestone and the base of the wall is black granite. An internal mechanism recycles the entire fountain's water supply of 78,500 Gallons every three hours and two seconds.Houston TX The Health Museum
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