7 things to know about Victoria Tower


Feb. 19, 2011 at midnight
Updated Feb. 18, 2011 at 8:19 p.m.

You've probably driven past it numerous times or stopped in for a burger on your lunch break. In fact, you might even work there. But how much do you know about Victoria Tower, at 1908 N. Laurent St.?

Here are seven things to know about the long-time Victoria structure, which was named February's small-business partner of the month by the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

The building was constructed in 1965 and began as a two-story American Bank of Commerce, with grand opening ceremonies taking place in February 1966. Several other banks called it home through the years.

In 1983, a six-story building was constructed behind the original section. The structures were connected by a three-story atrium to form the current configuration. The expansion cost $8.3 million.

In September 1982, construction crews placed a tree atop the steel framework completed for the expansion. The practice is a construction industry tradition to recognize such occasions.

For years, the building marked the starting point for the Victoria Livestock Show parade. The parade began at Laurent Tower, traveled down Laurent Street and made its way to Mockingbird Lane.

Bill Wendlandt purchased the building about three years ago, and some six months later, changed the name from Laurent Tower - the name the building received after being transformed into office facilities - to Victoria Tower. Wendlandt also owns the office buildings at 120 S. Main St.

Renovations are under way inside the structure. An exercise room for tenants is under construction, while Breaktime, the facility's restaurant, is in the midst of expanding.

Today, the 133,000-square-foot structure boasts about 21 tenants, including Rep. Geanie Morrison's office. Invista recently leased out the fourth and sixth floors, as well, and is currently working on its build-out.

Sources: Larry Clark, property and leasing manager, and Advocate archives



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