HOUSTON – Gerald D. Hines was known for his commitment to architectural excellence, superior engineering and integrity. Hines died on Saturday at the age of 95.
Born in Gary, Indiana on August 15, 1925, he had recently celebrated his 95th birthday. He graduated from Purdue University and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Hines later received honorary doctorates from both Purdue and the University of Houston.
“His true love was building. Even though he designed air conditioning units, he went ahead and built buildings at the same time,” said Ann Becker with the Harris County Historical Society who shared insights on Hine’s impact around the city and world.
“Gerald D. Hines brought innovation, excellence in design, the efficiency of construction and sustainability to the international real estate investment and development world as perhaps no builder of our time has done. No city (bears) his signature as clearly as does Houston and in Houston, the Uptown / Galleria area is his grandest triumph,” said John Breeding, President of Uptown Houston, in a statement.
In 1985, Hines commissioned a fountain to be built within a park-like setting adjacent to the nearby Williams Tower. Known as the Waterwall it was a 64-foot-high, semi-circular Postmodernist fountain located in the 2.77-acre park in the Uptown District.
In 2008 the City of Houston purchased the Waterwall and surrounding land from Hines and one year later, re-named the site to honor him for his many civic contributions.