Landmark Williams Water Wall in Galleria Area
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The Williams Water Wall is located in the Houston Galleria and Uptown Park part of our city. It is situated opposite the tall and impressive 64 story office building called the Williams Tower.
Many of us long time Houstonians still call it the Transco Tower. It had that name for a long time as Transco Energy Co. became its first major tenant. Habits are hard to change! It is because of a merger that it now bears the name of Williams Tower.
The Williams Tower is visible from many parts of our city because of its height. Most buildings that size are in downtown areas. It still ranks as the 4th tallest building in Texas as of 2016.
It is also ranked as the tallest building in the entire United States that is not located in a central business district.
One of the many places around Houston considered to be a tourist attraction is the huge mall called the Galleria. Many people from other countries as well as tourists from our own country come to shop here.
The Williams Tower completed in 1982 towers over the Galleria on its southeastern edge. The Williams Water Wall had the original name of Transco Fountain but was also renamed after the merger.
People from Galleria I can easily walk over to this impressive fountain from that location. Parking is free at the Galleria and parking around the Water Wall is extremely limited. So I would highly recommend taking advantage of that opportunity to park one’s vehicle if wishing to take time at this landmark spot.
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
The Williams Water Wall was initially privately owned, but as of 2008, it was purchased by the city of Houston. The 2.77 acres including the water wall fountain is now called the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park.
Gerald D. Hines has been a very successful developer in Houston. In addition to the Galleria in both Houston and Dallas as well as the Williams Tower, he has been responsible for many of the high profile commercial office buildings in Houston.
It is nice that this landmark attraction will now be preserved by the city for everyone’s enjoyment long into the future.
This semi-circular water wall is concave on the inside and convex as one walks around the exterior of the fountain. It is 64 feet high matching the feet to the number of stories of the Williams Tower.
Admittedly the sound of all of that crashing water is beautiful to hear. The cool mist generated from the constantly circulating water can be refreshing on a hot summer day.
If spending any time surrounded by the supercharged air with negative ions one might even feel better physically and mentally.
There is some credence to that idea from sources like WebMD and others.
The area between the Williams Tower and the Williams Water Wall is a green grassy area where people can spread blankets and enjoy a picnic lunch if desired or toss balls back and forth.
Photographers flock to this site for many reasons. Graduation photos, as well as events such as engagement photos and even wedding photos, are often taken there.
Permits are required for commercial photography, but casual snapshots are allowed. Many people take advantage of that!
In addition to the verdant lawn and mesmerizing waterfall, numerous live oak trees add to the ambiance of this lovely city park. In fact, according to what I read, 186 of them have been planted here. The shade is most welcome when Houston temperatures climb upwards.
Several movies have been filmed using this landmark attraction as a backdrop. The Williams Water Wall is an engineering masterpiece where 78,500 gallons of water is continually recirculated. Supposedly 11,000 gallons of that comes crashing down every minute!
If you have not taken the time to check out this amazing site for yourself, consider doing so if you are in Houston. Take some pictures of your own and relive the experience of being there in person.
Location of the Williams Water Wall and Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park: 2800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056.