Houston >Arts & Entertainment > George R Brown Convention Center
1111 Fannin St Ste 110, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.755031 -95.365118
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
Hosting everything from gun shows and business expos to gospel gatherings and national conventions, the GRB is the town's top gathering spot. – The Background
Built in 1987 to replace the dreary Albert Thomas convention complex, the George R. Brown is Houston's most exuberant public building, brightening up the east side of downtown with playful geometries and a palette of colors that might have been borrowed from a set of Lego blocks. Comparisons to a giant, landlocked steamship are not uncommon. Inside, the decor presents a homage to functionality, with massive support columns and ductwork providing a cheery if somewhat industrial environment for convention-goers.
With nearly a half-million square feet of exhibit space, 41 meeting rooms, a 3,600-seat theater area and a 31,000-square-foot grand ballroom, the GRB can handle all but the largest national conventions and trade shows.
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