Exuding individuality and professing growth potential at a lucrative rate, Dallas city has pinned a mark of significance on the global map. Being a home town to many architecture visions, Dallas hosts numerous architecture firms of international standards actively being on the forefront in creating architectural designs of high value and regard. Heavily influenced by the changing urban scenarios of Dallas city, architecture has evolved in prominent ways throughout the years.
With the architectural landscape intrinsically ingrained to the society’s cultural and commercial fabric, Dallas exhibits various architecture styles from Victorian to Neoclassical profoundly and theatrically, serving a visual study for aspiring architects and architecture enthusiasts.
Here are the 15 examples:
1. Reunion Tower alias ‘The Ball’, Designed by: Welton Becket & Associates
Completed in the year 1978, the 561 ft (171 m) Reunion Tower serves as an observation tower at Dallas rendering breathtaking panoramic views of the city landscape. With numerous telescopes to view from, prominent restaurants and cafes to indulge in, the Reunion Tower gives a glimpse of the city.
2. Thanks-Giving Square, Designed by: Architect Philip Johnson
Opened to the public in 1977, the stunning 90 ft tall cylindrical chapel, the garden, and the fountains of the Thanks-Giving Square is one of the finest architectural projects of the city.
3. Fountain Place Tower, Designed by: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Henry N. Cobb, Harry Weese Associates, and WZMH Architects
Completed in 1986, the Fountain Place Tower is a massive 60 story late-modernist skyscraper with an impressive prism facade. The facade geometry lends different profiles to the building when viewed from different directions.
4. Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, Designed by: Nicholas J. Clayton
A brick marvel built in the 19th century, the Cathedral Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Texas, and is one of the most active cathedrals in the city. The cathedral is reminiscent of the Gothic revival style.
5. Bank of America Plaza, Designed by: JPJ Architects
Bank of America Plaza, completed in 1985 is a 72-story, 280.7 m late-modernist skyscraper located in the Main Street District in the city’s downtown core in Dallas. The lighted skyscraper is a sight to behold in the night light.
6. Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Designed by: Architect Thom Mayne
Designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Thom Mayne, is a natural history and science museum. The building serves as a vision of sustainability. A 150-foot (45.72 meters) glass-enclosed escalator that extends outside of the building is yet another notable aspect of the building design.
7. Chase Tower, Designed by: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Also known as the ‘Keyhole building’, the Chase Tower is a symbol of postmodernist architecture. Standing tall at an impressive height of 225 m, the 55 story building has unique architectural features to its credit. The barrel-style roof of the Chase Tower and its postmodern dome are some of its striking features.
8. Dallas Museum of Art, Designed by: Architect Edward Larrabee Barnes
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. The museum collection is made up of more than 24,000 objects, dating from the third millennium BC to the present day. It is known for its dynamic exhibition policy and educational programs.
9. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Designed by: Architect I.M. Pei
Revered as one of the world’s greatest orchestra halls, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is an epitome of acoustical and architectural design brilliance. With a wide selection of materials employed in the construction of the center, the exterior and interior décor resonates the purpose of the design.
10. Latino Cultural Center, Designed by: Architect Ricardo Legoretta
The Latino Cultural Center is a pivotal regional catalyst in the preservation, development, and promotion of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture. Shining through with its vivid color scheme and solid exteriors, the 27,000 square foot (2,500 m2) facility contains a 300 seat theater, a multi-purpose room, an art gallery, and a sculpture courtyard.
11. One Main Place, Designed by: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
One Main Place is a 445 feet (136 m) mixed-use skyscraper, completed in 1968. Built-in Modernist style, the building was the first in Dallas to be fully electric in its operations. Offices, restaurants and hotel services occupy the main functions of the building.
12. Nasher Sculpture Center, Designed by: Architect Renzo Piano
Designed by world-renowned architect and 1998 Pritzker Prize winner, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a museum that houses the Patsy and Raymond Nasher collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. It is located on 2.4 acres (9,700 m2) to the Dallas Museum of Art.
13. Dallas City Hall, Designed by: Architect I. M. Pei, Architect Theodre Musho
Completed in 1978, the Dallas City Hall features a modernist inverted pyramid design. A buff-colored concrete was chosen for the main building material; its color resembled local earth tones. Having won various prizes for its impressive architectural design, the building has been featured in various movies of the 1980s, notably in the RoboCop movies.
14. Brookhollow Plaza (Currently known as Pegasus Villas), Designed by: Architect Paul Rudolph
Commissioned in 1966, Rudolph’s Brookhollow Plaza was initially conceptualized as a complex of towers but failed to fruition in full. Exposed concrete and steel frames had been used to create this iconic architectural vision. The original structure was recently converted into senior housing and renamed Pegasus Villas.
15. Kalita Humphreys Theater, Designed by: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Completed in 1959, the historic building is the only theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and one of the last completed buildings he designed. Based on his principle of organic architecture, everything in the theater is at a 30/60 degree angle. The theater is occupied throughout the year.