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Magnolia Lounge (Magnolia Petroleum Building)

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1936, William Lescaze; 1987 restored, Thomas and Booziotis.

Where the State of Texas Building achieved the pinnacle of Paul P. Cret’s modern classical idiom for a public building in 1930s Texas, the Magnolia Lounge brought, not just the first, but perhaps the state’s best International Style design in the 1930s. New York City architect Lescaze’s two-story structure is composed of several white masses of varied height, largely without openings or ornament. The side facing the street is opened up with projecting floor slabs, metal rails, and canopies on light metal frames. The contrast of solid and void and horizontality in an asymmetrical composition is in marked contrast to the symmetrical, formal schemes of George Dahl’s Fair Park buildings.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Magnolia Lounge (Magnolia Petroleum 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, 180-180.

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