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by dfwcre8tive
14 Jan 2019 13:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 135
Views: 26155

Re: AT&T Discovery District

The building is not a Dallas Landmark (most protected) but it is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Regardless, interiors are not landmarked. Link: http://www.thc.texas.gov/content/tax-credit-program-highlight-interurban-building If AT&T wants it for parking they could demolish and rebuild the ...
by dfwcre8tive
10 Jan 2019 19:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 122
Views: 23929

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

A couple of upcoming events. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/49895571_2211901812195360_4160879091328745472_n.png?_nc_cat=101&_nc_eui2=AeFMwuWpG4Op5zTXGQhiNCjZqS5GgnaAtA3ZS93T5KHA_ivrycjHysUu7xEAH69I3JeTFYsrJzRhFeThI1RHmVOmeWsTFIWzRd8sOyabg8NvWw&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=...
by dfwcre8tive
10 Jan 2019 13:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Tennyson Village
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: East Dallas: Tennyson Village

TImberlawn was just featured on the "Most Endangered" list by Preservation Dallas. https://www.preservationdallas.org/advocacy/endangered-places/ "Dr. James J. Terrill founded the Timberlawn Sanitarium in 1917 outside of the Dallas city limits on “eleven acres of orchard, garden and ...
by dfwcre8tive
09 Jan 2019 23:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Tennyson Village
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: East Dallas: Tennyson Village

TImberlawn was just featured on the "Most Endangered" list by Preservation Dallas. https://www.preservationdallas.org/advocacy/endangered-places/ "Dr. James J. Terrill founded the Timberlawn Sanitarium in 1917 outside of the Dallas city limits on “eleven acres of orchard, garden and g...
by dfwcre8tive
20 Dec 2018 12:24
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 34
Views: 4305

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

Found some old video clips of the Titche’s and Sanger-Harris stores in Downtown. Both videos show the stores in the process of being rebranded. Titche’s https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1129616/?q=Titche Sanger-Harris https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc854671/?q=Sanger%20Har...
by dfwcre8tive
19 Dec 2018 18:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 122
Views: 23929

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Checked out TGS a couple nights ago. The new landscaping looks really good. Everything looked really clean. I'll try to stop by during the day over the weekend and get some pictures. The goal/focus over for 2018 has been "green and clean," repairing all the fountains and getting the lands...
by dfwcre8tive
18 Dec 2018 11:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 196
Views: 34100

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Will this actually be called the Cotton Belt line or will it be given a color based name as other DART lines. Good question- the name "Cotton Belt" is a holdover from its freight railway days, but I always assumed it was just shorthand for the planning discussions. Fort Worth elected to r...
by dfwcre8tive
18 Dec 2018 11:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 466
Views: 105524

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Something interesting from DART's D2 plan I came across re: the ugly parking lot across the street. Check out slide 13. They're considering a "tree lined pedestrian connection" to cut across the current parking lot, alongside where the D2 line would enter the underground tunnel. Maybe tha...
by dfwcre8tive
13 Dec 2018 18:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163425

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I never understood proposals such as this one, or ones along the Cotton Belt line. For a company that emphasized how important public transit is, I couldn't see them seriously considering a location out in the suburbs with one proposed station. Even if it wasn't a proposed station and it did exist,...
by dfwcre8tive
11 Dec 2018 22:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 34289

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DCTA has already claimed "A Train." I wonder if DART and other regional transit will ever adopt the letter naming convention.

https://la.curbed.com/2018/11/28/181150 ... nt-history
by dfwcre8tive
30 Nov 2018 21:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 109
Views: 21392

Re: DART: Expansion

**Hopefully**, there will be additional benches and related infrastructure coming when these platforms are extended/improved. Several of the stations need better availability of waiting/seating areas. Most of them have a divergent approach to what is available at ground level vs. what's at the plat...
by dfwcre8tive
12 Nov 2018 23:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 104
Views: 18143

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Hannibal Lecter wrote:Appears to be 1963 or early 1964.

It looks like white cars were definitely a thing back then.


Republic Center II opened in 1964 so you're probably correct. I think there are a lot of pastel cars with white roofs; the lighting and quality make it hard to see the details.
by dfwcre8tive
12 Nov 2018 23:11
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 104
Views: 18143

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Here's a view of the lot during the 1960s.

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by dfwcre8tive
12 Nov 2018 23:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)
Replies: 19
Views: 3568

Re: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)

The real historic architecture doesn't exist anymore. Theater Row and the old Medical Arts Building are long long gone. I hope they have historic photos for the exhibit. Probably the biggest loss, besides the Medical Arts Building, was the giant Coca Cola signage that used to light up the area like...
by dfwcre8tive
12 Nov 2018 21:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 163425

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Looks official: New York City + Northern Virginia.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-cho ... 1542075336
by dfwcre8tive
12 Nov 2018 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)
Replies: 19
Views: 3568

Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)

AD EX opens to the public this week. For the opening I designed an exhibition diving into the architectural heritage of the neighborhood. We found some great historic photos and 3D objects. Check out the new space.

https://www.dallasadex.org/exhibitions/current/
by dfwcre8tive
04 Oct 2018 13:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

I know we have selective memory when it comes to some of these things... But, I used to pass by the old campus as part of my nightly run 12 years ago... That entire stretch of St Paul used to be absolutely dreadful. There was a chain link parking lot for buses, surface parking across the street, an...
by dfwcre8tive
04 Oct 2018 13:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

A bigger school would be nice! and really if the Baptists expand, the Methodists, Presbyterians and Catholics ought to follow close behind.... probably. Too often "private Christian school" is code for sheltering kids from "those" people, but the availability would be fantastic ...
by dfwcre8tive
03 Oct 2018 18:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

Comments on other threads suggest that this is part of a larger project to demolish/redevelop the entire block. First Baptist Academy recently vacated the Spurgeon Harris Building (see image below) and moved to a new campus in East Dallas. There's also the surface lot behind 505 North Ervay adjacent...
by dfwcre8tive
03 Oct 2018 17:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

Perhaps it's just the color scheme and sad first floor... but it looks like a top heavy turd to me. Perhaps if they were able to open up the first floor with all glass, and bring that glass up through the second level to give a better ground level appearance it would work. I still would like to see...
by dfwcre8tive
03 Oct 2018 15:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

ERN Architects proposed converting this to residential a few years ago. The description from their website ( http://ern-architects.com/ERNARCHITECTS2/ern-architects-portfolio-projects/monroe-building-505-ervay-dallas-texas-j-n-mccammon-walter-ahlschlager-1949/# ): 505 Ervay, The Monroe Building. The...
by dfwcre8tive
23 Sep 2018 13:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 122
Views: 23929

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

No more dogs after October 15th, which will help restore some of the garden.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 4009642963
by dfwcre8tive
20 Sep 2018 13:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 466
Views: 105524

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Thanks for posting that link. I wanted to point something out from their brochure. Here is the amenities list for the building. If anyone is curious as to why some office workers never need to leave these 80's office towers till they jump in their cars and drive home to Frisco... Gym, Dy Cleaners, ...
by dfwcre8tive
18 Sep 2018 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Adolphus Renovation
Replies: 12
Views: 2809

Re: Downtown Dallas: Adolphus Renovation

The Adolphus did a great job with their renovation. It's my hotel-of-choice now when staying downtown.
by dfwcre8tive
11 Sep 2018 20:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 122
Views: 23929

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

I always try to be optimistic about this space, but it just seems like it's falling apart. I worry about all the parks being built/planned for Dallas if they're not going to be managed correctly. That end of the Square is going through a revamp. All of the landscaping at the tip of the triangle has...
by dfwcre8tive
29 Aug 2018 17:55
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 2769

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

Tnexster wrote:That's Elm....when did it become one way?


Here's my original photo, probably from 1945. The streets became one-way after streetcars were removed in the 1960s.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfwcre8tive/15339492725/
by dfwcre8tive
28 Aug 2018 16:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Carpenter Park
Replies: 8
Views: 1688

Re: Downtown: Carpenter Park

Thanks-Giving Square is a triangle with a circular chapel.
by dfwcre8tive
27 Aug 2018 15:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 28
Views: 2931

Re: 1700 Pacific

cowboyeagle05 wrote:The DART bus stop's here get heavily used on all sides so I am not sure how much more DART could use this spot except if a train station were to ever actually show up.


If not by DART, perhaps the underground can be used for a future hyperloop station in the center of downtown :)
by dfwcre8tive
27 Aug 2018 12:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 28
Views: 2931

Re: 1700 Pacific

The real question on everyone's mind is where would they build the valet ramp like what every other 80's office tower has done downtown. Wipe out the plaza on Ervay? Incorporate it into the quieter Pacific side? You know whoever finally does renovate is going to add a driveway for pick and drop off...
by dfwcre8tive
27 Aug 2018 12:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 28
Views: 2931

Re: 1700 Pacific

The base of this building has always been awkward with multiple entrances at different levels. The color of the granite is not the issue; it's the poor utilization of space at ground level. Add more openings, activate the empty lobby spaces, create a retail corridor more akin to a hotel lobby, etc. ...
by dfwcre8tive
21 Aug 2018 18:26
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 2769

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

Here's a composite image of Theater Row that I worked on showing which towers replaced the theaters between Akard and Ervay. Amazing how we sacrificed the street level for vertical bragging rights. 3723E4AA-4BCE-4416-B1B1-032393C4AD57.jpeg Nice work. Crazy how the scale changed so drastically on ev...
by dfwcre8tive
21 Aug 2018 18:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 3974

Re: 900 Main

Noticed this morning they have an asphalt remover on site, didn't see that yesterday and there were men working. Yeah I posted this yesterday. Also I noticed that they poured new concrete in the middle of the lot and created new curbs. Looks like the base for a super super slender tower! http://sky...
by dfwcre8tive
20 Aug 2018 14:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 38184

Re: DART D2 Subway

The D2 Subway: Your Official Guide to North Texas’ Newest Subway

http://dartdallas.dart.org/2018/08/20/the-d2-subway/
by dfwcre8tive
15 Aug 2018 01:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 23564

Re: West End 1.0

Two things, the new structure has to be obvious from a different era so keep that in mind. One of the requirements is a new addition to historic structures like this needs to use materials that appeal to the past but they can not confuse people into thinking they are original additions. DFWcre8tive...
by dfwcre8tive
15 Aug 2018 01:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 113
Views: 21420

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Status update on the former Sol Irlandes building: looks like they added a balcony to the patio area. Didn't the building owner have to jump through some hoops in order to add the balcony for the Woolworth? This seems like the same type of addition and we haven't heard anything. Yes, these two buil...
by dfwcre8tive
10 Aug 2018 15:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 217
Views: 46930

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

It's clear that the Highland Park Soda Fountain building will get some much needed restoration, but does this mean that the restaurant will close??? It is currently the oldest restaurant in Dallas and quite charming. It would be a terrible loss to see it go. After 106 years, Highland Park Soda Foun...
by dfwcre8tive
31 Jul 2018 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 42436

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

They have new signage on the building with new name and website. It doesn't look like there's a tenant signed yet: http://www.1933elm.com DB24EE50-F73E-44A4-837B-61A284DAD348.jpeg The only way to make that little area work is to fill in those god-awful plazas across the street from this building su...
by dfwcre8tive
25 Jul 2018 13:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 228
Views: 34289

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Very cool to finally see video of the Knox/Henderson station. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=KssAvjXtGDw Here's the article with additional photos: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/07/25/see-darts-forgotten-subway-station-north-central-expressway-looks-like
by dfwcre8tive
20 Jul 2018 12:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 67
Views: 13123

Re: Fair Park

Take a ride on the Swiss Sky Ride during the 1960s.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/HtlxsTwfbWo
by dfwcre8tive
19 Jul 2018 16:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 62
Views: 7671

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
ContriveDallasite wrote:Whats wrong with the one at Fair Park?


....other than... it's operated by SFoT and off for 11 months out of the year.. nothing much.


Actually, I believe it's privately owned and operated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Star
by dfwcre8tive
18 Jul 2018 16:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Over/Under Downtown Dallas
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Re: Over/Under Downtown Dallas

Prior to 1700 Pacific's construction there were underground segregated restrooms at the same location. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/37167477_1998466256839162_4667692958902910976_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=29c1aa69e152c95b16f02ed3c69700c2&oe=5BC878C0 1915 article: 106C1D9129A3570D.gif
by dfwcre8tive
03 Jul 2018 13:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Over/Under Downtown Dallas
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Re: Over/Under Downtown Dallas

One of those things we've seen a million times without giving it too much thought: ventilation outlets for the never-built subway/transit station underneath 1700 Pacific. vents.png I started reading old newspaper articles on this and learned that when Live Oak extended all the way to Elm and this b...
by dfwcre8tive
29 Jun 2018 12:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 67
Views: 13351

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

mdg109 wrote:From yesterday.


That's more detailed of a restoration than was expected. Nice photos.
by dfwcre8tive
20 Jun 2018 12:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 53
Views: 10914

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

The current buildings were designed to blend into the neighborhood. Seems that it would be easier to follow the original plan and add two 18-story buildings behind the current buildings (and these could be contemporary design). pl_006202018_1256_21202_160_Page_1.jpg pl_006202018_1256_21202_160_Page_...
by dfwcre8tive
04 Jun 2018 10:36
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 34
Views: 4305

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

In this video, you can see the ground level of the Old Sanger-Harris Dept. Store (now DART HQ) **notice that the signage over the door says “Sanger-Harris Open tonight until 9:00”** It would be awesome (today) if we could get any large retailer to stay open until 9 pm. Skip to 0:13 https://m.youtub...
by dfwcre8tive
30 May 2018 18:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Over/Under Downtown Dallas
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Re: Over/Under Downtown Dallas

Here are the plans for Cafe Momentum's community services center under Thanks-Giving Square in the Pedway. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/33961309_1639392099441925_6857512331467816960_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=b33e28d22f9d40accf7b7082b16fe5e8&oe=5B763BDD https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fb...
by dfwcre8tive
23 May 2018 22:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 104
Views: 18143

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

If memory serves, the tiles are still there they just covered them up with a beautiful shade of grey. You're right that the tiles were painted, but I believe it's a layer of gray plaster/stucco. The lights at the base were also removed. The outside observation deck at the top is still there as well...
by dfwcre8tive
16 May 2018 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Over/Under Downtown Dallas
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Over/Under Downtown Dallas

Dallas Morning News explores the Dallas Pedway:

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/curious ... -exploring
by dfwcre8tive
16 May 2018 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 122
Views: 23929

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Does anybody know if they have any plans to clean up the water in the fountains so it doesn't look brown? Thanks-Giving Square just received a matching grant for landscape improvements, which I believe will help repair all the fountains. Are you talking about the large cascade and grove water wall ...

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