What do you think are the top 5 most iconic pieces of Dallas architecture? What do you think they will be in 15-20 yrs? I'm talking about Dallas proper. Not Arlington or Southfork....
My current top 5-
Crescent Office Complex
Winspear Opera House (Might be too new to be inconic, but it is the architectural centerpiece to one of the best art districts in the country)
- Reunion Tower
- Fountain Place (day) / Renaissance Tower (night)
- Cotton Bowl
- Dallas City Hall
- BoA Plaza
- Chase Tower
- Texas Star
- Crescent Complex
- The Merc
- Dallas County Courthouse "Old Red"
I scan through it on DVR looking for places it considers interesting. Since the producers, supposedly experts, do the picking and scripting, I'd like to know what parts of the city they chose. I don't know the characters other than generic descriptions (older blonde, younger blonde, brunette, gay guy, Tex-Ex, punter), but the show gives a good flavor of Dallas night spots with Sfuzzi and Teddy's Room being only repeats. Last night was Trece on Travis, Gloria's on Cole, Lemon Bar in West Village, Arcodoro/Pomodoro in the Crescent, Hilton Anatole, and a gun shop in Grand Prairie.
They shifted to more Reunion Tower shots this week, with no BofA Plaza.
Neither Big Rich Texas nor Most Eligible Dallas show the MHH bridge. I'll be glad when some 30-50 story building is finally built near the BofA Plaza to partially block the view of that giant green building from the river. Night lighting is great, but that Green Giant overwhelms.
I've always thought this building is blue, not green....
Fountain Place is my favorite Dallas Skyscraper. I wish Herrington would build it's Twin on the land across the street his company bought.Fountain Place honored by Texas architects
By STEVE BROWN
06 September 2011
It's been called a rocket ship and a Coke bottle and has starred as the headquarters for J.R.’s television oil company. Now Dallas’ 60-story Fountain Place tower has been named a design landmark by the state's architectural community. The green glass skyscraper on Ross Avenue has received the Texas Society of Architects’ 25-year Award, presented to buildings that have stood the test of time.
Designed by I.M. Pei and Partners, the building is being recognized as “one of the great skyscrapers in America built in the second half of the twentieth century.” Planned as the first of twin towers, the 1.2 million-square-foot building was previously known as the Allied Bank Tower and First Interstate Tower. Along with the unique design, the project is known for the six-acre plaza and water garden at the tower's base.
... In 1990, the American Institute of Architects gave the building its highest “Honor” award in a presentation by Britain's Prince Charles in Washington, D.C.
OCP Headquarters has to make any list.
The Federal Reserve Bank - probably the most underappreciated peice of Dallas' modern architecture. I can't help but think the location right off Woodall Rogers has a lot to do with it. But if it were in a location where more people walked around it and interacted with it, it would be high on the list as one of Dallas' great buildings.
It is sort of difficult to get too close with well above normal size guards carrying large shotguns patrolling the place. Much heavier security than Fed building downtown.
Not including Ft Worth:
Beck House (Phillip Johnson)
Any Dilbeck House
A couple of O'Neil Fords
bell tower at Univ of Dallas
And Texas Stadium (RIP)
Speaking of First Allied Fountain Place Interstate Bank Tower Number One, I thought this was a fine tidbit from the past:
"The Dallas Morning News - February 13, 1986
FLOODED WITH RUMORS Fears of a downtown deluge from Allied tower don't wash
No sooner had the contractors begun installing green glass on the sloped sides of the Allied Bank Tower than people's imaginations began to work overtime.What will happen when thousands of gallons of rainwater cascade down acres of sharply angled slick glass and land on the streets below, alarmists asked. Visions of pedestrians caught in the Allied Bank Tower deluge and DART buses being washed down Ross Avenue have spiced up downtown cocktail chatter for months.. . ."
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