Fun Facts On Historical Architecture In Downtown Dallas

Fun Facts On Historical Architecture In Downtown Dallas

I've always been fascinated by the history behind historic buildings, what they were and what they have become, so I decided to share some really cool facts on a few of the historic buildings in Downtown Dallas.


PART I:

Magnolia Petroleum Building

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  • Now:  Magnolia Hotel

  • Address: 1401 Commerce Street

  • Built:  1921

  • Style:  Beaux-Arts/Renaissance Revival

The Magnolia Petroleum Building is one of the most storied buildings of the central business district.  When it officially opened in 1922 at a cost of $4 million, it was Dallas' first skyscraper, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, and reportedly the first building in the United States to have central air conditioning.  But its most enduring feature wouldn't appear for another 12 years - the neon red Pegasus adorning the building's roof which went on to become the logo of what became the Mobil Oil Corporation, and the unofficial symbol of Dallas.  The winged horse originally rotated on a pedestal, but problems with the motor made it stationary in 1974, and Mobil moved out of the building three years later.  It continued to be lit, however, until 1994, when decades of harsh Texas weather forced the sign to go dark permanently.  As part of the building's repurposing into the Magnolia Hotel, a replica of the original Pegasus was commissioned, and it was re-lit at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000, gracing the skies of Dallas once more.  It does not rotate, however, as the cost of fixing the motorized base was too great.

As mentioned, the building today is the home of the swanky Magonlia Hotel, one of the city's finest boutique hotels.  Thankfully, the hotel's success means the majestic Pegasus will stay lit for hte forseeable future.

Dallas Power & Light Building

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  • Now:  DPL Flats lofts

  • Address:  1506 Commerce Street

  • Built:  1931

  • Style:  Art Deco/American-style

The DP&L building was the first electrically welded building west of the Mississippi, and is one of the only surviving examples of Art Deco architecture remaining in the entire city.  The building emptied years ago when TXU (Texas Utilities, the successor company to Dallas Power & Light) moved their headquarters, but thankfully, it was saved from a date with the wrecking ball and was repurposed as luxury apartments in 2005.

Source: http://upgrd.com/


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