I take the Park & Ride bus downtown every day, because I like to be green when I can, and because I hate driving in Houston, and because it’s less wear and tear on my expensive-to-maintain car.

Every morning, I pass this building, a couple streets over from my bus route. Mainly glass and steel, this building is nevertheless fascinating to me because of its crown, a striking centerpiece unlike anything else in downtown Houston.

As a writer, I find inspiration in just about anything, and this building has always fascinated me. As a geek, it reminds me a great deal of the movie Ghostbusters, for obvious reasons.

“Ray, the next time some asks you if you’re a god, you say yes!”

So there’s this funky cool top on this building, and that’s great, but it wasn’t until I checked into the history of the building that I really got interested. Wiki here, for those who are interested.

The building was designed by the firm M. Nasr & Partners P.C., from here in Houston. Okay, big deal, no story there. Well, as it turns out, there is, in fact, a story. The main architect of the building, firm owner Mohammed Nasr, had just vacationed in the Mexican Yucatán before beginning work on the project. His experiences there firmly entrenched themselves in his vision for the building. Even the lobby and plaza surrounding the building show influences of Mayan heritage, with lots of marble and fountains and other things.

I started thinking about Nasr’s trip to Mexico, and just what he might have found when he went there. Some ancient Mayan ruins, maybe a centuries-old abandoned temple that was somewhat off the beaten path? What would happen if he found someone – or some thing – that didn’t want to be found? Or woke it up accidentally?

Such are the fruits of the writer’s mind. Regardless of whether or not this turns into yet another story, the building itself is intriguing. I’ll take more pictures when I get the chance and post them.