The History Behind The Historic Buildings In Downtown Dallas

The History Behind The Historic Buildings In Downtown Dallas

Here's another set of cool buildings in Downtown Dallas that has a story to tell. Downtown is now ever so popular! There's tons of fantastic dining, cool boutiques and eclectic Lofts in buildings that you would never imagine to be a living quarters. For more info on Loft living in Dallas and other areas, go tolanealsellsluxuryliving.com and send me a message requesting more info.


PART II:

Southern Rock Island Plow Company Building

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  • Now:  Texas Schoolbook Depository/The Sixth Floor Museum

  • Address:  411 Elm Street

  • Built:  1903

  • Style:  Romanesque Revival

This is probably the one building that most everyone will recognize, though for the wrong reasons; the sixth floor of this building was Lee Harvey Oswald's hideout when he assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963.  The Texas Schoolbook Depository didn't actually store textbooks until 1961, as the building had several uses in the decades before that. having originally been constructed by the Rock Island Plow Company shortly after the turn of the 20th century.  Besides its connection to an unfortunate chapter in American history, the building is significant locally as one of the oldest surviving structures in the central business district.  The land on which the building sits was also owned by John Neely Bryan, who is credited with the founding of the city of Dallas.

The Texas Schoolbook Depository Building is also the unofficial gateway to downtown's historic West End, which contains a fair number of restored buildings dating to the early 20th century.

Hotel Adolphus

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  • Now:  same

  • Address:  1321 Commerce Street

  • Built:  1912

  • Style:  Beaux-Arts

Though the Busch family is usually associated with St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch commissioned two buildings in downtown Dallas, one to be covered later in this piece, and the second the Hotel Adolphus.  Busch's intention was to create the first "grand and posh hotel" in the city of Dallas, and I think it's safe to say he succeeded.  The tallest building in the city until the construction of the Magnolia Petroleum Building next door, the ornately decorated Adolphus has been regarded as one of the city's finest hotels from day one, hosting international dignitaries and presidents from Warren G. Harding to George H.W. Bush on their visits to the city.  The legendaryFrench Room restaurant is perhaps THE place to go for special occasions like anniversaries, and might be the last restaurant in the city to require jackets for dinner.  Interestingly, the hotel once boasted nearly 1,200 rooms, but a remodeling in the 1980s greatly increased the size of its guestrooms, and reduced the inventory to its current level of 428.  It is also one of the few old buildings downtown that still serves the same purpose as at the time it was built.  Rumor has it that the hotel's 19th floor is haunted by the ghost of a jilted bride-to-be who was left at the altar.

As an aside, my former employer put me up in the Adolphus for a night before my interview that resulted in my first job offer out of grad school, back in November, 2000.  It was years ago, but I do remember the rooms living up to the hype. 

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