About Brookfield & Heritage Plaza
Brookfield Properties, one of North America’s largest commercial real estate companies, owns, develops and manages premier office properties in the downtown cores of major North American cities. US operations are headquartered in New York City.
As a leader in the development, leasing and management of prime commercial properties throughout North America, our goal is to provide building operations to ensure essential services are provided that contribute to the effective business operations and comfort of tenants.
Heritage Plaza was launched October 22, 1984. The $250 million dollar building was developed by Wortham, Van Lew & Horn which incorporated the existing Federal Land Bank Building, providing 1.2 million square feet of office space.
A plow drawn mule broke ground for the 53 story Heritage Plaza. The mule was used as a nostalgic gesture since the project would preserve the existing building formerly occupied by the Federal Land Bank; historically called the Farm Credit Banks Building. Built in 1929, the bank provided long term, low interest loans to area farmers and ranchers. The decision to preserve the former FLBB was made since the building was renovated in 1978 and was in excellent condition.
Architects for the project were M. Nasr and Partners. Their design for the building included certain baroque elements that mirrored those elements of the old Federal Land Bank. It was this unusual merging of styles from different historical perspectives that gave the new development its’ title of Heritage Plaza.
Heritage Plaza is the gateway to Houston’s revitalized Central Business District. The Tower, with its unique Mayan design, is the most visually unique and photographed building in a city famous for world-class architecture. From its Mayan rooftop to the neighboring Heritage Park and Julia Ideson Library Building, the Tower stands as a symbol of Houston’s resilience and frontier style personality.
The main pedestrian entrance is a quarter circle with crepe myrtle trees accenting the Sato Indian granite. Polished and flamed granite highlights Heritage’s familiar “H” granite monument. From the street, towering columns precede the grand lobby with 45’ high coffered ceilings and a majestic atrium.
Tenants and visitors may be escorted by escalator from the Plaza Level to the Mall Level below to dine at The Skyline Deli while enjoying a graceful two level water wall flowing over polished granite. Seating is available for 325 guests to dine in the enjoyment of the water wall and open atmosphere.
Custom designed Fujitec elevators with leather and polished stainless steel finishes transport tenants and visitors from the Plaza or the Mall Levels to the Sky Lobby. The east side of the Sky Lobby overlooks downtown while the west side of the Sky Lobby provides a panoramic view of Sam Houston Park, as well as the Galleria. The reception area on the Sky Lobby is accented with granite. and ambience. A digital directory kiosk assists the guests in locating their destination. The Sky Lobby accommodates the visitor center for EOG Resources and Heritage Plaza Property Services.
The first twelve stories of the building house a parking garage for the convenience of our tenants. The second garage is connected through a climate controlled tunnel. There are cameras and monitors on every floor of the garage. The crowning features of this 53 story skyscraper are its stair-stepping balconies, its granite columns and the pyramid effect of the roof. Heritage Plaza is an architectural design to be long remembered. All mechanical operations for the complex are housed within its’ facade.