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SpiderX22
06-15-2008, 07:24 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile20246/Tower-of-Americas.htm>Tower of Americas</a></b><br><br>Tower of the Americas is a 228.6 meter (750 feet) high observation tower with a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. Tower of the Americas, designed by San Antonio architect O'Neil Ford, was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair, HemisFair '68.<br />
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On August 9, 1966, the bid for construction of the tower was let to Lyda-Lott, a joint venture between two general contractors, Darragh &amp; Lyda, Inc. of San Antonio and H. A. Lott, Inc. of Houston, Texas.<br />
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The tower was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 to 1996, when the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower was built.<br />
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The tower is located in the middle of HemisFair Park. The tower has an observation deck accessible by elevator for a fee. There is also a lounge and revolving restaurant at the top of the tower providing panoramic views of the city.<br />
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In 2004, Landry's Restaurants, Inc. won the bid for a 15-year lease from the City of San Antonio to manage and operate the property. Landry's undertook an extensive $8 million renovation of the restaurant, lounge and observation deck and added a 4-D film &quot;ride&quot; called &quot;Skies Over Texas,&quot; that gives the history of Texas in a film format. Additionally, Landry's is spending another $4 million for ground level attractions at the site. This added 200% more space to the bottom portion of the structure, providing a cafe and gift shop. Renovations were completed in June 2006, and the tower re-opened for business on June 21.<br />
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Prior to Landry's, Frontier Enterprises (owner of San Antonio-based Jim's Restaurants) operated the Tower of the Americas' restaurant for more than three decades.<br /><br /><img src=http://www.gearthhacks.com/showimage.php?image=new/080505/573240admin.jpg>

SpiderX22
06-15-2008, 07:24 PM
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