They say everything’s bigger in Texas, right? Well, what’s certainly true is that in Dallas, they will build it, and build it big! Dallas is the third largest populated city in Texas and the ninth largest city the United States. The architecture throughout the city of Dallas ranges from the late 19th century through the 21st century
One of the oldest buildings in Dallas is the Dallas County Courthouse, built in 1891. Built of red sandstone, the government building operated until 1966 as the courthouse. From 2005-2007, the building underwent renovations and is currently the Old Red Museum, a museum of local history.
The Wilson Building is a 12-story building located in downtown Dallas, and from 1904-1909, was the tallest building in the city. Throughout the decades the building was home to various department stores, retail outlets and offices. In 1979 the building was boarded up, until 1999 when the City of Dallas purchased the heritage building and converted it into 143 loft apartments.
The first skyscraper to be built in Dallas was in 1909. While the city grew substantially over the decades, the city saw a surge of large towers built in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
From 1988 until 2006, there were no major high-rise projects completed in the city. In the past six years, only a few major buildings have been in the works, the most recent to be completed is the Museum Towers, the second tallest residential building in Dallas, located in the Arts District.
Other notable buildings along the Dallas skyline include the J. P. Morgan Chase Tower, which is the 91st tallest building in the United States. It’s iconic for it’s seven story hole towards the top of the tower and curved glass windows at the top.
The 60-story, Fountain Place tower is the 106th tallest building in the United States. It is the home of Tenet Healthcare. This building is also notable from the hit 1980’s TV show, Dallas, as the home of Ewing Oil.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel makes an impression with its distinct silhouette next to Reunion Tower. The 30 story building has a 32,000 sq ft ballroom, which was added in 2000. The buiding was also featured in the opening credits of the hit TV series, Dallas, for its entire run from 1978 until 1991.
Dallas certainly has an eclectic array of buildings spanning the decades. It’s a great city to tour if you have a true appreciation of both heritage and modern architecture.