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by dfwcre8tive
28 Feb 2019 19:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 991

Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

This property could make for a unique residential conversion. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/02/28/landmark-dallas-office-tower-campus-grabs Landmark Dallas office tower campus is up for grabs Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor A landmark Dallas office development is up for grabs....
by dfwcre8tive
26 Feb 2019 17:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 23
Views: 3988

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

I'm trying to understand the orientation in that rendering. Is that supposed to be people making the trek across a tree-lined Central Expressway on foot? Or is the Expressway in the background of the drawing? I am dying to be able to comfortably cross the Expressway on foot or on bike. I live just ...
by dfwcre8tive
18 Feb 2019 12:15
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 21
Views: 3791

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

R1070 wrote:Wouldn't that be looking from Elm street?


Yes; that's Elm.
by dfwcre8tive
12 Feb 2019 12:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 281
Views: 54805

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Just like transit must not be a thing, the head of Amazon's Austin operations has crowed, "We're not big on sterile environments here," and yet today's brand new Amazon lease is for half of this extremely sterile fortress: https://www.endeavor-re.com/properties/domain-10/ (quote source: h...
by dfwcre8tive
07 Feb 2019 12:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2372

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

ArtVandelay wrote:Permits have been issued for the demolition and construction of a 13 level parking garage.


For 505 North Ervay? Is it for the entire lot or partial? Could there be a conversion of the building into residential + new parking structure proposed if new developers are involved?
by dfwcre8tive
07 Feb 2019 12:34
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Historic Images of Dallas
Replies: 21
Views: 3791

Re: Historic Images of Dallas

I'm finding lots of goodies in the archives of The Thanks-Giving Foundation (albums of photos/slides of downtown Dallas in the 1960s-1980s). Digitizing everything will be a big undertaking. Chapel of Thanksgiving looking from Elm Street, circa 1981. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/5124...
by dfwcre8tive
07 Feb 2019 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Alto211 (211 North Ervay)
Replies: 11
Views: 2722

Re: Downtown Dallas: Alto211 (211 North Ervay)

lakewoodhobo wrote:Didn't realize that they're finally expanding the Elm St. sidewalk in front of 211 Ervay. cowboyeagle05 you've really let me down. :lol:


One lane of Ervay also needs to be removed and converted to sidewalk space.
by dfwcre8tive
07 Feb 2019 11:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 384
Views: 87173

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

An old holiday card I found recently.

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by dfwcre8tive
05 Feb 2019 13:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 28898

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Some paint is needed It's come a long way in the past year but I agree some paint would help top it off. Maybe they are waiting to do that last. Hope so. Do you mean cleaning the surface of the chapel? It's poured-in-place white marble aggregate and not paint, and it does need to be cleaned/restore...
by dfwcre8tive
31 Jan 2019 18:36
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 112
Views: 21843

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Looks like they're starting to plant new trees on the corner of Harwood and Elm. IMG_5947.jpg Harwood / Pacific. I wonder if they kept the "Aston Park" dedication marker and will reincorporate it somewhere within the park. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/DallasAstonPar...
by dfwcre8tive
30 Jan 2019 16:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 86
Views: 21715

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Have not been inside yet but have seen it on the go and it is a beauty. We need more of these and the extension to Knox. And need some double-ended cars painted in the Dallas PCC livery (like this one in San Francisco that I see nearly every day). https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thum...
by dfwcre8tive
24 Jan 2019 16:19
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: DTD: Crow Museum of Asian Art
Replies: 9
Views: 1939

Re: DTD: Crow Museum of Asian Art

Major announcement. UT Dallas acquires Crow Museum of Asian Art, advancing its place in the region’s arts scene https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/museums/2019/01/24/advancing-place-regions-arts-scene-ut-dallas-acquires-crow-collection-asian-art The University of Texas at Dallas unveiled this week yet ...
by dfwcre8tive
24 Jan 2019 11:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 75
Views: 15726

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

That will fit in really nicely with the area, and replace a dilapidated old junk building. Very nice. I agree with the middle windows being too small, though. Using a couple of the larger 3-section windows there would improve the aesthetics a lot. Agree about the size of the windows. The lot is sur...
by dfwcre8tive
24 Jan 2019 01:47
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 76
Views: 15231

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

I had no idea there was this much artwork at Love now. I sure didn't know the red "Venture" sculpture was out of hiding, much less that it would be added to Love's artwork. The salvaged windows from Trinity Lutheran Church on Gaston Ave look great in the new terminal as well. I'm glad the...
by dfwcre8tive
22 Jan 2019 13:09
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Dallas Love Field Airport
Replies: 76
Views: 15231

Re: Dallas Love Field Airport

As part of the Parking Garage C building program Alexander Liberman's sculpture "Venture" was installed along the drive. The red sculpture used to live downtown at Bank of America, removed in 2013 for the auto court and donated to the City of Dallas. http://www.lovefieldartprogram.com/ htt...
by dfwcre8tive
22 Jan 2019 12:23
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 176
Views: 40773

Re: DFW Airport

Here are a few vintage DFW videos shared by the airport this week.

"The Air is our Ocean" https://www.facebook.com/DFWAirport/vid ... 799435545/
"The Field (1976-1983)" https://www.facebook.com/DFWAirport/vid ... 590020771/
by dfwcre8tive
18 Jan 2019 19:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 4426

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

Hannibal Lecter wrote:^ The building was designed to look like Independence Hall. Removing that would pretty much ruin that.


Agree. Remove the New England decorative top and it would just be a beige brick box.
by dfwcre8tive
18 Jan 2019 12:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 4426

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

This area is one of the donut holes within downtown that'll take some time to hit critical mass. I've worked in a building here for 12 years now and love that we're getting Pacific Plaza, but aside from this and the redevelopment of One Dallas Center and Crozier, plus the MATA extension, we're a bi...
by dfwcre8tive
17 Jan 2019 16:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2372

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

More information including renderings on the church website. Link: http://www.firstdallas.org/generation-now/horner-family-center-expansion/ "This expansion will provide an additional 80,500 square feet of educational space, nearly doubling the size of the existing Horner Family Center." h...
by dfwcre8tive
17 Jan 2019 16:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2372

Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

No mention of the demolition of other buildings (505 North Ervay) or additional projects, yet. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/01/17/downtown-dallas-first-baptist-ready-kick-35-million-campus-expansion Downtown Dallas' First Baptist Church is breaking ground this weekend on a $3...
by dfwcre8tive
14 Jan 2019 13:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 138
Views: 31032

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: 128
Views: 28898

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: 5
Views: 812

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: 5
Views: 812

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: 5444

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: 128
Views: 28898

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: Silver Line
Replies: 224
Views: 42961

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: 520
Views: 128368

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: 1035
Views: 195005

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: 253
Views: 42091

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: 24663

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: 112
Views: 21843

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: 112
Views: 21843

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: 4199

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: 1035
Views: 195005

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: 4199

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: 4008

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: 4008

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: 4008

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: 4008

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: 4008

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: 128
Views: 28898

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: 520
Views: 128368

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: 3328

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: 128
Views: 28898

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: 21
Views: 3791

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: 2101

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: 29
Views: 4081

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 :)

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