Aerials: Crews implode skyscraper in Houston

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HOUSTON -- A big boom could be heard on Sunday at the Texas Medical Center as demolition crews brought down a 20-story building that used to be home to KHOU 11 News.

Crews demolished the former Prudential Life Insurance Building, located on the corner of Holcombe and Fannin, at 11:15 a.m. The demolition was originally scheduled to take place around 7:50 a.m., but was moved back due to fog.

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. KHOU 11 News operated out of the building from January of 1954 to 1960. New Jersey-based Prudential sold it in 1975.

The structure was razed to make way for a new clinical building that will connect to the Duncan Building and Mays Clinic.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.