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Houston, Texas: Crown Jewels of Houston Architecture - Mellie and Niels Esperson Buildings by David Engle

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Taken by
David Engle David Engle
Explore score
0.15 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 26, 2009
Date taken
Jun 26, 2008

The Esperson Building can be seen from Rice University Stadium: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=29860&snapshot_id=91506
It is an understatement to say that there is a large amount of sentiment concerning these buildings (Mellie Esperson Building on the corner and Neils Esperson Building to the right of Mellie's) in the center of downtown Houston as can be experienced from the following link:
tinyurl.com/Esperson-GP-6-26-09 Will open in a new tab or window.
This evening after taking this hand-held panorama, I mentioned to the restaurant waiter what I had taken a GigaPan of today, and he went on and on about how this building affected him as a child; he used to spin around the columns and laugh and have fun on many occasions when growing up.

There is a wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperson_buildings Will open in a new tab or window, and every link about the Esperson Buildings has a totally different photo and I have another photo taken on the 14th floor of a nearby parking garage, which can be seen here: www.panoramio.com/photo/23850809 Will open in a new tab or window
As far as the essential view in Google Earth: when viewing, PLEASE select 3D Viewing from the Google Earth menu on the right.

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (June 28, 2009, 04:28PM )

    Thanks, I have an interest in going back to the top of the parking garage and taking a robot-controlled GigaPan. When I was there, to the immediate east of where I was standing, there were many workers doing whatever workers do to build buildings and they were at the same level as I, but there are cameras everywhere and aome dude with a P&S camera is not going to create much excitement as "something" on a box on top of a tripod may cause. Depending on the weather, a return may be eminent, but this time I will go in style and ride the Quickline instead of the city bus.

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (June 28, 2009, 03:58PM )

    This is great stuff David. I have never visited Houston but thanks to your efforts I think I could find my way around some areas of the city without a map. When it gets cooler and you get the gigapan out, it will be time to have a chat with the City Fathers (or whatever) and get gigapanning downtown :-)

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (June 27, 2009, 07:10AM )

    This GigaPan is comprised of 20 hand-held photos (no tripod) and I could only hope for the best because of the bright sun. As it turned out, I too was surprised by the crazy architecture, but when viewed in Google Earth, its looks natural. An enjoyable GigaPan expedition this was: since it was downtown and I was not sure where to park and with the high fuel prices, I made the decision to ride public transportation and walked a couple of blocks to a bus stop and got on the bus and at the very next stop, I couldn't believe it! Guess who got on? The security lady I met when I took this GigaPan of the Wortham Fountain, share.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?i d=21682. From visiting with her for a good 20 minutes while we shared a part of the ride together, I can readily suggest that for riding public transportation, always take a friend. So the bus ride ended at the Texas Medical Transit Center station where we had been before, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 24418. After getting off the bus, I went up an escalator, walked 50 feet or so, went down an escalator and waited for the metro train to take me to the Main Street Square station, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 26870. As the train proceeded north, www.ridemetro.org/schedulesmaps/ra ilsched.aspx Will open in
a new tab or window, we passed by Rice University, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 21602, and the Medical Center and passed by Hermann Park and could easily see the location of the Japanese Garden, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 26137, Sam Houston statue, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 25558, and the Museum of Natural Science, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 26149. A block further, we passed the Cancer's Survivor Park and Mecom Fountain, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 7122. And a couple of blocks further we passed the Museum of Fine Arts and Methodist Church, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 16963, where we could see the church tower as well as the steeple of the Presbyterian Church, gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=8692 and www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 17691.In fact, if you look at the Job Seeker's Panorama, www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 25935, you can see the Medical Center Buildings, which we passed on our trip towards our goal of the city center to the far left, but you won't see the Neils Esperson Building in the above, its too short to be seen even though it use to be considered as a Houston skyscraper! Upon arrival at the Main Street Square Station, we departed the train, walked a coupe of blocks west to the intersection of Walker & Travis, took our 20 photos that you see stitched above and then walked across the street to a parking garage, took the elevator up to the 14th floor and walked out into brilliant sunlight and were blown away with the possibilities of awesome 360-degree GigaPans; however, we may return to do that later. The result of this trip to the 14th can be seen here: www.panoramio.com/photo/23850809&n bsp;Will open in a new tab or window.Reluctantly, due to another appointment, I left downtown Houston and went back home the same way I came, but with some difficulty and luck. After getting off the train, the bus that I got on, two bus drivers were discussing some loud noise that would be coming from the front right wheel area whenever the bus would hit a bump. We left the station and the noise was spectacular! The driver called ahead and said the trip would end at the Bellaire Transit Center, it did and we were in for a long wait, but all of a sudden a bus appears and that driver was as surprised to see us in our difficulty as we were to see him. Needless to say, there was a mass stampede to the other bus and within 20 minutes I was home and stitching and started the U/L before I left to the other appointment. Again, for public transportation trips, take a friend and a camera... both can make the round-trip very enjoyable. As you can tell, I enjoy writing about my experiences and of others too because it adds to the uniqueness of what we can do with GigaPans. For the history buff that may be interested in a walking tour of a very historic city [Bath, England] via GigaPan images, a visit to this link may be very exciting: www.gigapan.org/viewConversation.ph p?id=40892.

  4. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (June 26, 2009, 06:44PM )

    Love the crazy perspective. Reminiscent of Ginger and Fred: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 7677.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4087 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 149 megapixels (13936 x 10752 pixels)
Input images: 20 (4 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 106.9 degrees wide by 82.5 degrees high (top=77.2, bottom=-5.3)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-06-26 12:27:28 - 2008-06-26 12:29:44
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 76.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 17.3 to 63.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 8.9 to 65.8 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 14:11 (0:42 per picture)
Alignment: 0:48, Projection: 1:41, Blending: 11:41

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