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Drive-by Architecture

The Niels and Mellie Esperson Buildings
Houston's "His & Her" Skyscrapers
Houston, Texas

NIELS: 32 Stories, 1927
MELLIE: 19 Stories, 1941
Architects -
John Eberson

by John Troesser
( 10 illustrations )
 
There's little doubt that if the Niels Esperson building were standing by itself, it would be regarded as one of the most beautiful office buildings in the entire state. Even today, surrounded by its more modern and ostentatious neighbors, it's gilded top still lends a classical touch to Houston's far from modest skyline.
 
Esperson Building detail
You don't find details like this in NYC
TE Photo
 

Niels Peter Esperson was born in Denmark in 1857. He arrived in New York in 1872 and was given a grubstake by a maternal relative. The grubstake consisted of a freshly ironed $5.00 bill and a one-way ticket to California. It took Niels .......... next page


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Thank you so much for Texas Escapes web page. I found it while I was looking for info about the Mellie and Neils Esperson Buildings. When I was born in 1941, my dad, Henry Edward Criss, Sr., was working as a pipefitter, building the Mellie. I am writing a chronology of his and my life and I needed info about these two important buildings -- and here it is on the Internet -- for us all to enjoy. - Dona Criss Terry, Houston, Texas

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