The Statler Hilton Hotel, in Sketches

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Full of Mid-Century Modern vibe, these colorful 1950s artifacts show a few examples of the Statler Hilton in sketches. The Statler Hilton used several artists to sketch glamous renderings of the hotel when it first opened, showing off its clean lines and progressive architecture. Advertisements announced the hotel’s opening to the world; luggage tags and matchbooks were […]

Art Deco ceiling rosette from the Titche-Goettinger Building on display

Architectural Styles of Dallas Exhibition

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Preservation Dallas presents a fascinating look at the evolution of Dallas architecture and the styles that have shaped what the city looks like today. On display through June 8, 2015 at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, the story of Dallas’ architecture is told through compelling photography, historic drawings, and salvaged […]

Elm Street 1945

Elm Street 1945

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Today we take a look at a photo showcasing the style and vibrant colors of Elm Street in downtown Dallas. This view looking east from Akard Street provides a glimpse onto Theater Row; the Fox, Queen, Capitol, Rialto, and Palace are all visible. Out of all the buildings bathed in sunshine on the north side of […]


The Statler Steak House Menu

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While the Empire Room was the notable entertainment hub of the Statler Hilton, casual restaurants rounded out the hotel’s dining offerings. Lesser known was the Statler Steak House, a restaurant featuring steaks, specialties, and various drink options. The original menu provides a glimpse of some of the offerings in 1965, including the Statler Mile High Ice Cream […]

Skyline from above

Dallas Skyline, 1931 vs. 1951

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One image was taken at the peak of an era. Another was shot at the start of an era. These two similar photos of the Dallas skyline — taken 20 years apart — reveal some interesting changes to the downtown landscape. By 1931 — when the first photo was taken — the city of Dallas […]

View of Thanks-Giving Square

Thanks-Giving Square

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The celebration of thanksgiving and gratitude has a long history in the City of Dallas, stretching back to the first community thanksgiving program in 1861. With the creation of a private park in the heart of downtown, a major infrastructure project spanning 15 years launched Dallas to become the unofficial world capital of thanksgiving. Today we explore the history […]