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Jos. A. Bank Clothier (Dallas Power and Lighting Company Building)

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1931, Lang and Witchell. 1508 Commerce St./1501 Jackson St.

The former DP&L headquarters extends through the block, with a three-story lobby facing Commerce Street and a twenty-story tower on Jackson. The tawny brick tower has lateral and vertical setbacks, unified by strong vertical piers and deeply recessed windows and spandrels in the manner of Eliel Saarinen’s internationally influential Chicago Tribune Building Competition second-place entry of 1922. Cornice and spandrel ornament in the Art Deco style include fern, fountain, and tendril motifs. A black marble portal wraps the entrance in contrast to the light brick. The Commerce Street lobby facade is more classically ordered, with flat fluted pilasters with Art Deco floral capitals forming five unequal bays. A tall entrance portal in black marble frames a bronze door with a large art glass transom (the current black marble-framed show windows are not original).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Jos. A. Bank Clothier (Dallas Power and Lighting Company Building)", [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, 148-148.

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