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American Airlines Center

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2001, David M. Schwarz Architectural Services, with HKS. 2500 Victory Ave.

In 1996, Ross Perot Jr. acquired a seventy-acre brownfield site north of downtown and adjacent to the Trinity River for a basketball, hockey, and concert arena and surrounding office, retail, and residential developments to be known as Victory Park. The design of the red brick arena is reminiscent of the historic rail yards that formerly occupied the site and, with its massive corner towers flanking vast central archways, similar to great urban train stations. When American Airlines bought the naming rights, the arena, with its bowed roof, came to be nicknamed “The Hanger.”

The south entrance plaza (AT&T/Victory Plaza) at the main entrance has an art fountain (2000, Athena Tacha) and flanking five-story office blocks (2007, HKS, with Orne and Associates), and the W Dallas Victory Hotel and Residences (2006, HKS; 2440 Victory Park Lane).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "American Airlines Center", [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, 160-160.

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