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The Kirby (Busch Building)

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1913, Barnett, Haynes and Barnett, with Lang and Witchell; 1999 adaptive reuse, Corgan Associates. 1509 Main St.

Financed by Adolphus Busch and designed by the St. Louis architects he used for the Adolphus Hotel (DS15) a year earlier, the 17-story, cream-colored terra-cotta-clad office building is a more unified design than the Adolphus. The strong vertical orientation of widely spaced pilasters complements the Gothic-styled ornament, a rich blend of English Perpendicular Gothic, Spanish, and Venetian features. The tower was renovated into 157 lofts and apartments.

The ornate classical terra-cotta facade of the two-story Iron Cactus, former Thompson Building (1915; 2004 reconstructed, Selzer Associates), opposite at 1520 Main, was expanded with a contemporary addition to the west to engage Pegasus Plaza, and the facade was reconstructed in all its original terra-cotta detail.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "The Kirby (Busch 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, 150-150.

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