Houston skyscraper set for implosion Sunday

January 6, 2012 3:05:59 PM PST
A big boom has been scheduled Sunday morning in Houston to bring down a 20-story building.

The former Prudential Life Insurance Building faces demolition.

The Houston Chronicle reported Friday that Prudential Insurance Co. commissioned architect Kenneth Franzheim to design a stylish regional headquarters.

The skyscraper, on the current Texas Medical Center campus, opened in 1952. New Jersey-based Prudential sold the building in 1975.

The structure is being razed to make way for new facilities.

A $4 million ranch life mural by artist Peter Hurd, called "The Future Belongs To Those Who Prepare for It," has been removed from the building and will be part of a public library in Artesia, N.M.

Hurd, who died in 1984, once had a studio in Artesia.