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A plan in the works would convert a historic building in downtown Dallas' West End district into a new hotel.
The Sanger Brothers garage at 711 Elm Street was built in 1925 as one of the city's first "high-rise" parking garages.
The 5-story brick building sits across the street from where the Sanger Brothers department store was - now El Centro College.
Irving-based hotel firm Icon Lodging bought the Elm Street building in April and has been working with Dallas' Merriman Anderson Architects to come up with a plan to redevelop the garage.
Merriman Anderson recently made a preliminary presentation to the Dallas Landmark Commission which asked them to go back to the drawing board and rework the hotel proposal.
The initial plan would have added six levels of hotel rooms on top of the old parking structure. But commission members and staff weren't on board with that plan.
Merriman Anderson partner Milton Anderson said his firm plans to keep working on an acceptable redevelopment plan for the property.
"Our client wants to find a way to make this happen," Anderson said. "It's a unique and special building.
"We are working hard with the Landmark Commission and they have been responsive and understanding."
The Sanger Brothers garage was originally designed by Dallas architect J.A. Pitzinger, who also did the original Dr Pepper headquarters on Second Avenue near Fair Park.
With decorative brick and stonework and big metal windows, it's easy to mistake for one of the West End's other office and warehouse buildings.
When Sanger Brothers had the building, it housed "a complete motor department store where every need of the car may be supplied."
Photo's from back in the day show the roof of the garage lined with big Packards and Fords.
Merriman Anderson's plans for the property would convert the top two floors of the original garage into hotel rooms and have the lobby on the ground floor where retail is now located.
Merriman Anderson is one of Dallas' most experienced renovation architects, having handled the redesign of many downtown historic buildings including the Statler Hotel, Lone Star Gas buildings and Tower Petroleum Building.