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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch Building

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2005, Michael Graves and Associates and PGAL Architects. 1801 Allen Pkwy.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This sprawling, 300,000-square-foot complex with its aggressively striated red- and blue-glazed-brick curtain wall is overpoweringly monumental in scale although it is only four stories high. Episodic in composition, the buildings meander across an 8.5-acre site. Princeton, New Jersey, architect Graves essayed his distinctive version of postmodernism here in a strange mixture of shapes generated by conditions that remain obscure. Most visible is the green-tiled semi-vault enclosing the currency vault. Crypto-classical but asymmetrical, the complex seems to want to be a little of everything. Marking the ceremonial entrance on Allen Parkway is Kent Ullberg's bronze eagle The Guardian (2005).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch Building", [Houston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 350-350.

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