Metro Tower (Lubbock)

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Metro Tower
Lubbock NTS east side.jpg
Metro Tower survived a direct hit from a tornado[1]
Former names Great Plains Life Building
Alternative names NTS Tower
NTS Communications Building
Record height
Tallest in Lubbock since 1955[I]
Preceded by Bank of America Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Location 1220 Broadway Street
Lubbock, Texas
Coordinates 33°35′05″N 101°50′56″W / 33.584794°N 101.848836°W / 33.584794; -101.848836Coordinates: 33°35′05″N 101°50′56″W / 33.584794°N 101.848836°W / 33.584794; -101.848836
Construction started 1954[2]
Completed 1955[2]
Owner NTS Communications[1]
Roof 274 ft (84 m)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 20[2]
Floor area 111,000 sq ft (10,310 m2)[1]
Lifts/elevators 4 (originally installed by Westinghouse)[2]

The Metro Tower, also known as the NTS Tower, is an office skyscraper located in Lubbock, Texas. Completed in 1955, it is the tallest building in Lubbock at 274 feet (84 meters).[2] The 20-story skyscraper was originally known as the Great Plains Life Building after an insurance company that served as its first occupant. It suffered heavy damage in the 1970 Lubbock tornado, and sat vacant and derelict for several years amid talk of possible demolition. After extensive renovation, the building was reopened in 1975 and has been occupied ever since.[1] It is the second tallest known building to have survived a direct hit by an F5 tornado. The tallest is the ALICO building in Waco, TX which is two stories taller also survived a direct hit from a F5 tornado in 1953.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Hensley, Doug (January 4, 2009). "Metro Tower skyscraper survives tornado, neglect". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Metro Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  3. ^ Lavallee, Michael (November 16, 2010). "Lubbock Tornado still bringing questions". Texas Tech University Journalism Department. Retrieved 2015-05-05. 

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Preceded by
Bank of America Tower
Tallest Building in Lubbock
84 m
Succeeded by