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

img_2962

  • 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

img_2977

  • 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. 

Source: http://upgrd.com/


Laneal Ernest Headshot
Author:
Phone: 214-455-9004
Dated: December 8th 2015
Views: 1,037
About Laneal: Laneal was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and has been a resident of Dallas, TX since 1995. Afte...

Property Search








RSS Feed

View our latest blog posts in your RSS reader. Click here to access. RSS

Search Blog

Recent Blogs

How To Make Buying A House Less Complicated - When asked, Americans
5 Telltale Signs A Home Has Been Abused Or Neglected - Every house has a story to tell.
Potential Home Buyers Feel More Optimistic - Each month, Fannie Mae surveys
Comparing Landlord Insurance Policies - Comparing Landlord Insurance

Our Bloggers

The Doyle Team * - 2
Comprar Casa DFW * - 4
Nikki Acker - 3
Gabrielle Armstrong - 5
Cara Balderas - 59
Tami Bennett - 45
Ramon Bermudez - 3
Justin Blackburn - 1
Jessica Boozer - 18
Rhonda Borgne - 1
Olivia Borowski - 1
Jennifer Boyd - 2
Deborah Boyd - 390
Jamie Brannagan - 1
Kathryn Brick - 1
Annette Bruen - 47
Moira Brunken - 18
Beverly Bryant - 24
Ana Cantu - 1
Lisa Cardillo - 53
Bob Cardillo - 4
Lisa Carroll - 1
Lucina Cervantes - 11
Gregory Cornett - 2
Angela Cotten - 92
Missie Craig - 12
Greg Cunningham - 2
David Darty - 1
George Dean - 1
Sarah Dieter - 9
Belinda Duff - 5
Eva Duffy - 5
Leah Ecob - 15
Kristine Edens - 3
Jill Elliott - 99
Laneal Ernest - 9
Nicole Espinosa - 27
Christopher Evans - 1
Heather Feragotti - 8
Mark Fischer - 2
Susan Florsch - 12
Jennifer Flynn - 9
Leslie Fogle - 101
Larry Frassinelli - 6
Chad Gabriel - 58
Shalee Garza - 10
Marcos Garza - 1
Tammy Gill - 1
Timothy Gilliam - 2
Christina Gonzalez - 5
Brigette Goode - 1
Wilma Goodwin - 2
William Graves - 5
Jimmy Hanks - 1
Kristen Henderson - 1
Candie Hernandez - 1
Beth Herr - 1
Hunter Howard - 1
Sandra Hunt - 92
Bill Hurd - 3
Gary Hutchings - 20
Rachel Jama - 47
Trenton Johnson - 15
Marla Johnson - 1
Felicia Johnson - 79
Dakota Joyner - 9
Sunil Kanjia - 6
Jemi Khan - 26
Leigh Klotz - 5
Amber L Johnson - 9
Michele Lafortune - 22
Wanda Lewis - 2
Dylan Lochhead - 1
Maria Lopez-Jones - 1
Stacy Lynn Massar - 27
Chuck May - 1
Jennifer Menting - 17
Mikki Migis - 8
Richard Mikus - 1
Sean Moniri - 21
Naddia Morales - 10
Candace Mozingo - 1
Mark Mulch - 19
Erick Murphy - 6
Steve Murray - 1
Julie Nicholson - 10
Nikki Okpuzor - 3
Alan Oliver - 7
Kaysone Orlando - 1
Holli Paddio - 3
JP Piccinini - 165
Julie Ann Pickering - 85
Ann-Marie Pope - 2
John Priestash - 41
Mimi Rader - 1
Shelia Randolph - 33
Teneka Ray - 1
Go 2 Girls Realty - 173
Bethany Rowan - 15
Kristi Roy - 1
Kelly Rumney - 9
Amy Jo Saenz - 3
Linda Scardis - 4
Sandy Setliff - 222
Christine Shannon - 30
Rene Sinclair - 27
Shelby Smith - 3
Rebecca Smith - 1
Bryce Smith - 5
Monica Solkhon - 1
Malena Solorzano - 1
Rodrigo Sotomayor - 16
Jenna Stanley - 9
Tim Stoll - 49
Kelley Stubbs - 3
Melodie Sulgrove - 1
Seana Taylor - 217
Mary Taylor - 15
Kevin Taylor - 15
Julian Taylor - 17
Erica Taylor - 54
Angela Taylor - 1
Karla Terrell - 2
Joey Thomas - 2
Michele Thompson - 6
Jason Todd - 24
Andrea Trimble - 55
Sarah Uber - 4
Yael VanGruber - 1
Diane Velez - 18
Debbie Viverito - 132
Rachel Walsh - 2
Nick Walton - 77
Spring Weeks - 9
Clint White - 2
Michael Worley - 164
Martina Worley - 2
Keisha York - 30
Audra Young - 1
Debbie Zurita - 17

Saved Properties

This is a list of your favorite properties. We will email you if a property is reduced or leaves the market.

Click 'Save' to add a property to this list.

Register / Login

New & returning visitors please enter your information to login.

By clicking 'register' you are agreeing to our terms of use & giving us expressed written consent to contact you.

Questions? Comments? Complaints?

This message will go directly to the head of our team.

Location & Address

JP And Associates REALTORS
6136 Frisco Sq Blvd, #200
Frisco, TX
972-375-9448


Other Locations