Tower Life Building at night
Image by CameliaTWU
San Antonio, Texas
Neo-gothic style, eight-sided tower with a light brown terra-cotta brick facade (complete with gargoyles), 30 floors and 504 ft height to the top. Construction by Ayres & Ayres started in 1928 the skyscraper was finished in 1929. It was San Antonio’s tallest building for 59 years until completion of the Marriott Rivercenter in 1988. Also San Antonio’s tallest office building for 60 years until the completion of the Weston Centre in 1989. The building also housed San Antonio’s first Sears, Roebuck and Company store in its lowest 6 levels.
It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Originally conceived as part of a larger complex called Bowen’s Island Skyscrapers, which included the 1927 Plaza Hotel, the project was halted by the Great Depression. Renovations in 2010 removed the obsolete television mast in favor of the tower’s original design, a copper tophouse with a 100 ft tall flagpole.