what an awesome building
^ Lots of great details on this building. I like the lions at the top.
Too bad they won't secure/preserve the facade for future development behind.Gone in 12 seconds: At 10 Sunday morning, the 88-year-old Thomas Building downtown will be imploded
By Robert Wilonsky
1:19 pm on November 16, 2012
Much to the chagrin of preservationists who were ultimately powerless to stop its demise, the 88-year-old Thomas Building has less than 48 hours left. It will be imploded by Dallas Demolition crews Sunday morning at 10. Eric Lohden, vice president of Dallas Demolition, guesstimates it will take all of 12 seconds to raze architect Anton Korn‘s building, the last vestige of Dallas’ heyday as a cotton-trading town.
But a heads-up for those planning mixing Bloody Marys for a Sunday-morn Thomas Building Implosion Watch Party: Given its location — tucked away at Wood and Akard, in front of the 91-year-old Federal Reserve Bank building — it won’t be easy finding a front-row seat to the blow-em-up. “You can stand out there on Young and see it,” said Lohden this morning, pointing towards Dallas City Hall, “but all these streets will be blocked off.”
“The only part of this building that’s pretty is the front of it,” says Bond. “The rest is plain.” And they say they’re making every effort to preserve the facade: When the building collapses, the side and back walls will collapse inside, while the front will come down — “at an angle” — and rest on the rubble. They hope to salvage those pieces and others and take them to the city’s boneyard in Old East Dallas.
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