Ask 2: Are there any observation decks in downtown Houston open to the public?
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The original question: Hello, I wanted to know if there are any observation floors in any of the downtown skyscrapers that are open to the public.
The short answer: Unfortunately, no.
The long answer: There are currently no observation decks open to the public in downtown Houston.
A popular destination for scenic Houston views was the sky lobby at JP Morgan’s Chase Tower located at 600 Travis St.
The 1,002-foot-tall skyscraper, considered Houston’s tallest building, had an observation deck open to the public on its 60th floor. Public access was terminated in 2016 due to complaints about too much outside traffic for tenants of the building and authorized visitors.
An option for great views of the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston for patients of MD Anderson Cancer Center is the observation deck at the main building, located at 1515 Holcombe Blvd.
The observation deck features tables, sofas, desks with power outlets, vending machines and a grand piano that is played by volunteers throughout the day which provides a quiet environment for patients and visitors, according to the MD Anderson Leukemia Facebook page.
The deck is only open to patients and their visitors from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. It is not open to the public, according to Lany Kimmons, a public relations manager at the hospital.
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Clarification:A previous version of this story indicated that the MD Anderson Cancer Center observation deck was open to the public. A hospital representative later clarified that a Facebook post about the deck was meant only for patients and that the deck is not open to the public.
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