A couple of big ones
Perspective is everything and sometimes that perspective is looking up a skyscraper.Â Both the Sterick Building, 1927, 29 stories, 365 feet, and the Sears tower at 495 Watkins are imposing buildings that lend themselves to getting close and shooting upward.Â Â Â Both are listed on the CCC’s list of top 10 Buildings Downtown worth saving.
The Sterick’sÂ original color was light gray, from the limestone and cast concrete facade.Â It’s had a few paint jobs.Â I don’t know who chose the current tacky yellow and brown. This is the kind of modern Gothic building you would expect Superman to leap over in a single bound.Â Go look at the details at street level.Â You’ll feel like you are on a movie set.
The art-deco Sears building was built in 1927 as a “suburban” retail store.Â The attached warehouse shipped Sears mail order all over the Southeast.Â This is a big building, over 1 Million square feet.Â Is there anyone who has ever lived in Midtown who hasn’t wanted to go to the top of that tower?