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The famous Dallas skyline graces many a postcard. From the Magnolia Building with its neon Pegasus to Reunion Tower's globe to the dramatic Old Red Courthouse (visible from the Trinity River bed) it is a city view with its own character; a skyline which stands out on the horizon in dramatic contrast to the endless Texas sky. Many tall buildings ranging from 400 to 900 feet were built during the nineteen seventies and eighties giving concrete (and glass) expression to Dallas' spirit of development and progress while the Beaux-arts Adolphus Hotel (1912) at Commerce and Akard in downtown remains the epitome of elegance inside and out.
For Art Deco fans, a visit to Fair Park is a must. Designated a National Historic Landmark and encompassing 277 acres, nine museums and six performance facilities including the Cotton Bowl, Fair Park is unique in both its physicality and its history. Still the home of the Texas State Fair, its construction in the 1930s on the former fairgrounds was themed as "Texanic" and "Southwestern" combined with the then modern Art Deco style. Its buildings and grounds are impressive, especially the Texas Hall of State now the home of the Dallas Historical Society.
Dallas homes are another architectural expression of the city's style and values. Most Dallasites consider a thousand square feet small and many wouldn't even think of having a home of less than 2,300 square feet. A drive through its neighborhoods and suburbs reveals many styles and cultural influences from different eras. A favorite is the Swiss Avenue Historic District. The Swiss Avenue Historic District on Swiss Avenue, Bryan Parkway, and parts of Live Oak, La Vista, and Beacon Street includes 200 homes from the early Victorian era as well as one of the largest concentrations of Craftsman homes in the Southwest. Wide tree lined streets and landscaped lawns and gardens compliment the beauty of the homes. There are tours available, but just a drive or walk through the neighborhood is both rewarding and relaxing. Another favorite home is the Spanish Colonial Revival DeGolyer house now a part of the Dallas Arboretum.
City Hall, Dallas.
Dallas has its share of buildings designed by well known architects. Two of the most famous are Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei. I.M. Pei designed the Dallas Municipal Administration Building (1965-1978) the outside of which was featured in the seventies film, "Logan's Run." More recently, Pei designed the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center located in the Arts District.
Somewhat reminiscent of New York City's Guggenheim Museum, the Kalita Humphreys Theater (1959) is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building and home of the Dallas Theater Center. The hexagonal house at 9400 Rockbrook Drive (1958,) Wright's last residential project, was designed for oilman John Gillin and is a still a private residence.