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Santa Fe Terminal Complex

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1924, Whitson and Dale. 1114 Commerce St.

The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built a complex of four buildings (three remaining) for offices and warehouses atop an underground network of tracks. Earlier depots from 1884 and 1896 had occupied the site, whose function was taken over by Union Station. The complex was the largest merchandising center in the region. Spanish Renaissance ornament is applied to the 4-story arched base and top attic floor of the 18-story tawny brick Building No. 1 (Santa Fe Office Building). Smooth brick piers divide the central five bays into continuous vertical shafts, with recessed windows and copper-green spandrels. A 10-story warehouse on the south side extends to Jackson Street. The federal government acquired the complex in 1942 and still maintains offices in Building No. 1. Building No. 2 at 1112 Jackson was renovated as SoCo Urban Lofts (1999, Corgan Associates).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Santa Fe Terminal Complex", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 147-147.

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