When you think of Dallas, a salvo of images comes to mind: everything from rhinestones to rodeos—and that’s before we get to things like barbecue, belt buckles, and boots… Dallas always does it BIG. But what you might not know about Dallas is that it’s a city full of some pretty spectacular and inspiring architecture; here’s some stunning spots to rest your eyes while you’re here:
Let’s kick things off old school, shall we? Built in 1891 as the Dallas Courthouse, this is now the Old Red Museum, which is dedicated to the history of the Dallas Area. Some things just get better with age, don’t they?
As it turns out, world-renowned architect I. M. Pei has a few gorgeous buildings that add quite a bit of beauty to Dallas. The Meyerson Symphony Center is one of the few buildings that can claim to actually be aesthetically pleasing while still being made in the 80’s.
Actually a conglomeration of different buildings, the AT&T Performing Arts Center—the crown jewel of the Dallas Arts District—houses a number of stunning buildings that are all linked together by a park (which also provides an excellent outdoor venue). Most notable are the Winspear Opera House and the Wyly Theater.
Winspear Opera House
Completed in 1902, this stunning cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture that’s a wonderful contrast to the newfangled buildings that surround it.
Originally a haven for Dallas’s ultra rich (well, let’s be real, it still is), each house had to have at least two stories and cost the equivalent of a few million dollars in today’s money. They also had to be designed by the folks who were moving in, so the architecture is as varied as the original inhabitants.
Designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne, this stunner of a building is much more than a break for your optic nerves–it’s also one of the greenest buildings in Dallas, proving that its beauty is much more than skin deep.
Completed in 1978, this awesome looking building was originally constructed as a part of an urban redevelopment project and once home to a few radio stations, Reunion Tower now serves as one of the most iconic lookout points in Dallas. It also lights up, making it one of the world’s largest illuminated upside-down exclamation marks.
Another piece of Pei’s work (this time with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), this piece of azure eye candy can also claim to look pretty darn good despite being designed in the 80s. And with a garden of fountains at its base and 60 stories to gawk at, it certainly has the goods to back up the looks.
Okay, so maybe it doesn’t have the elegance of some of the others (and it’s not technically in Dallas), but this behemoth has the largest column-free interior in the world and also has the fourth largest HD TV in the world.
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By Michael Erving