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Renaissance Tower

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1973, Harwood K. Smith and Partners with Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum; 1987 renovated, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. 1201 Elm St.

Dallas’s first all-glass curtain-wall building received a Postmodern “slipcover,” designed by Richard Keating of SOM’s Houston office, to improve the market position of its office space. The sleek glass curtain wall is patterned with a large grid of gray glass over a field of blue glass. Another pattern, large X s running diagonally across the facades in dark blue glass, reflects the structural bracing. On the roof, small corner spires and a central tower are brightly illuminated at night, giving the refreshed building an identity on the skyline. A portico of angular stone columns supporting a steel truss “frieze” and a glass pyramid entrance hall add engagement with the sidewalk. The building is the headquarters of retail giant Neiman Marcus Group, founded in Dallas in 1907.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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

Print Source

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, 149-149.

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