magnificent neoclassical building at the corner of Main Street
and Franklin was completed in 1905 as the home of the First
National Bank, an institution which played an important role
in the growth and development of Houston. At the turn of the
twentieth century, it was not only the first steel structure
in the city, but at an impressive eight stories was also one
of the tallest buildings in the state - a skyscraper of its
The Corinthian occupies the first and mezzanine levels of the
edifice: these were the elegant former reception areas once
known as "The Great Hall" extending a full city block
from Main to Fannin. Its most stunning feature is a majestic
colonnade of Corinthian columns soaring to a height of 35 feet
to support the original intricately decorated plaster ceiling.
In the rear wall, a towering but long-forgotten Palladian window
was uncovered in the process of an exacting restoration.
The window is flanked by a graceful double stairway leading
to the upper level.
Corinthian is an integral part of Houston's Downtown Historical
District and an exceptional venue for your most special events.
SITE UPDATED: March 31, 2014