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Old May 8th, 2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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Unbuilt Dallas Skyscrapers From 1946-2000

I thought I'd share this. Feel free to add other unbuilt proposals. Just think what Dallas would look like if all this were built!

1946-Rogers Lacy Hotel 40-stories, Rogers Lacy an East Texas oil wildcatter commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a futuristic skyscraper hotel in downtown Dallas. The glass facade hotel was to feature no interior corridors, therefore believed to introduce the first atrium lobby. The project was announced but terminated after the sudden death of Mr. Lacy.

1957-Fair Park Tower, a free standing tower up to 800-ft high was to be the centerpiece of Fair Park where the world famous annual State Fair of Texas is held. Funding for this project never materialized and plans quickly faded away.
1968-Two Main Place a 45-story tower and a hotel was the second and third phases of existing One Main Place. In relation to One Main Place, the 45-story tower was to be constructed in a cross-position across Griffin Street where the tallest skyscraper Bank of America Plaza now stands.

1969-Griffin Square-Dallas Tower 60-stories, a 913-foot high circular office-hotel tower, to contain one million square feet of floor space and cost $30 million. The project's developer was Wesley C. Goyer Jr. and was designed by a Dallas architectural firm. The cylindrical concrete structure, was to be located at Griffin Street near Young Street adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center. Office suites were to occupy the lower floors and a 600-room hotel for the upper 28 floors. Glass-enclosed express elevators on the tower's outer rim were to provide visitors with a breathtaking ride to a revolving restaurant and indoor and outdoor observation areas at the top of the tower. The tower for that era, would have been the world's tallest concrete building and the tallest building in Texas. The project was nearing a ground breaking schedule in 1970, but canceled when the major hotel operator Harvey Hotels withdrew from the project.

1971-Dallas Convention Center Hotel Tower 40 to 45-stories, following the failure of Griffin Square-Dallas Tower yet another hotel and office project failed. The Convention Center Hotel Tower was proposed at Griffin and Young Streets where Pioneer Plaza now stands. The overall hotel tower project was to include other office towers and expansion plans for the Dallas Convention Center. Although the convention center has been expanding, today there is still talk about the much-needed high-rise hotel. With Dallas near the top in convention business, surely a landmark high-rise hotel would serve well.
1978-The Portman Project, a $145-million multi-use complex downtown along Main Street from the famous Neiman Marcus store to the historic Magnolia Building. The project consisted of a 3-story shopping mall anchored by Neiman Marcus, a 900-room 51-story hotel tower and underground parking. The project was well received but never made the design stage. City leaders refused immediately when Portman Properties presented the city with a $22 million bill to condemn buy the land and build the underground parking with truck docks. No design

1978-Two Dallas Centre designed by I.M. Pei, a 50-story V-shape tower and a 500-room hotel were the second phase of One Dallas Centre. The tower location was adjacent to One Dallas Centre within the block bounded by Saint Paul, Live Oak, Harwood and Bryan streets, the hotel was to be across Harwood Street. The design was later modified to resemble two 52-story hexagonal shaped towers that connected. The hotel was also modified to blend in with the office tower.

1978-Dallas Independent School District office complex was to include a 50-story centerpiece tower with two 15 to 20-story towers and a large hotel on a 5.2 acre site. The development was to be located between Central Expressway and Pearl Street. One factor the development failed was demolition of the school campus, which has sparked controversy in the past as well as today from activists who lobbied to preserve the campus. The only remaining structure on the site is the oldest standing high school building in the city, the three-story former Dallas High School, also known as Crozier Tech High School built in 1907. Today DART Rail-Pearl Street Station is next to the site making the property much more attractive for a major development.
1981-Dallas Main Center phase two, a 72-story 1.8 million square foot office tower, the twin tower of Dallas' tallest Bank of America Plaza, although this concept would have been in gold and silver glass. Location was at the southeast and southwest corners of Main and Griffin streets. Phase three was a 27 to 30-story office tower and a 16-story 450-room hotel with supporting retail space.

1981-Plaza of the Americas phase two, a 26-story tower that was later redesigned to a 42-story tower when trying to lure a major oil company to occupy the majority of the office space. It was canceled when the oil company selected a new office tower near NorthPark Shopping Mall.
1982-SPG International Tower 54-stories. Location was the block bounded by Commerce, Poydras, Jackson and Lamar streets.
1982-1212 Main 20-stories.
1982-Two Fountain Place 60-stories 720-ft.; Initially two 60-story office towers were announced for Fountain Place, but only one was built. The tower location was Field at Munger streets, just north adjacent to the existing tower, although turned at 90-degrees.

1983-LAP Building 40-stories.
1983-Baptist General Convention Tower 20 to 25-stories.
1983-1717 Ross a 40-story tower was planned at the block bounded by Ross, Ervay, San Jacinto and Saint Paul streets. Little is known about this tower but it was part of the announcement of the built 45-story Lincoln Plaza by Lincoln Property Company and could have been in the long term future plans for the developer. It was to rise later above a new five story parking garage, the parking garage was built but the tower was not. The year may be wrong but I will research further info on this.
1984-Lone Star project. Two 50-story, 1.1 million square foot office towers. Location was the block bounded by Ross Avenue, Crockett, Flora and Leonard streets. Construction started but only for the 7-story underground parking garage. The towers would then rise above the underground parking garage when the time was right. But this never happened, the developer could never obtain the tenants to justify construction of the towers. Today the underground parking garage serves very well for the Arts District Area and the footing for the towers at ground level is evident testimony of what could have risen from there; certainly we can only imagine.

1984-One Texas Place 56-stories, a 1.4 million square foot office tower with a parking garage, location was at Pacific and Lamar streets. The tower was to feature a church like rooftop complete with spire, with an estimated height of 890-feet to the tip.

1984-Reunion Complex four 28-story towers surrounding the existing Hyatt Regency Hotel, Reunion Tower and Reunion Arena.
1984-Dallas Downtown Station Tower a 34-story 700,000 square foot tower on top of the existing 5-story U.S. Post Office for a total of 39 floors.
1984-Ross Place 40 to 50-stories 700,000 square foot tower. Location Southwest corner of Ross and Field streets No design

1985-Akard & Ross project 4.2 million square feet in twin 54-story towers (742-ft.), one 45-story tower (600-ft.) and a 15 to 20-story hotel. Location was at the block bounded by Akard, Ross, Saint Paul and at Woodall Rodgers Freeway. This project was by Lincoln Property Company and was the largest during the building boom, projected to cost $600 million-$700 million.

1985-Woodall Rodgers & Griffin Tower up to 100-stories, " City skyline may get 100-story structure." Bold announcements such as this one during the building boom were so infectious, that some developers were announcing plans even before calling the architects. The owner put the land on sale shortly after and today still remains a huge parking lot. No design

1985-Cotton Exchange Tower 40-50 stories. Location was Southeast corner of Saint Paul and San Jacinto streets. This was the same developer from the Woodall Rogers & Griffin Tower. The land was put on sale shortly after the project was canceled. No design

1985-San Jacinto & Harwood 27-stories. Location was Northwest corner of San Jacinto and Harwood.
1985-Pacific Place 56-stories, a design was released and this tower was to be located across from the existing Fountain Place at the Southeast corner of Ross Ave, and Field streets.
1985-LaSalle Project two towers up to 30-stories.
1985-RepublicBank Center 60-stories 781-ft., the new headquarters for Republic Bank; plans were released and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The tower was to rise at Saint Pual St. and Live Oak streets. but due to a series of bank mergers the project faded along with the fortunes of the banking company.

1985-Bright Banc Plaza 30 to 40-stories up to 500,000 square feet of office space was proposed next to the catholic church at Ross Ave., Pearl, Flora and Crockett streets.
1985-Cityplace Center West Tower-phase two 42-stories, was the twin tower to existing Cityplace Center East Tower, it was to include a sky-bridge walkway over Central Expressway connecting both towers. When the project was first announced the design of the twin towers were different and were the centerpiece to other surrounding low rise buildings. The design was later modified as seen in the existing Cityplace Center East Tower. The plans for the west tower faded away when Southland Corp. hit rocky times in the late 1980s, and then rescued in 1991 by a Japanese firm, by then Southland Corp. had no plans to build. DART Rail, Ciityplace Subway Station opened last year and development has been in progress such as the $50 million West Village a mixed-use project. Don't be alarmed but in the long term future there may yet be a tower up to 43-stories on the west side of Central Expressway.
2000-MGF Tower over 100 stories 1657-ft. was part of a mixed-use project at The Colony suburb north of Dallas, the tower was to be the world's tallest. The Colony city council refused zoning for this tower, while the F. A. A. office in Fort Worth never came to a conclusion on approving the height. The developer may sell part of the land but is still planning a much smaller commercial project called Global Centre, at State Hwy. 121 and Plano Parkway. No design

The Dallas building boom of the 1980s lead the nation several times in office construction during that decade and built about 15 million square feet of space. All of that built office space was enough to equal the entire size of downtown Detroit. Now you know why Dallas was overbuilt.

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Old May 8th, 2009, 10:29 PM   #2
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For that matter post lists of any of your cities' failed skyscraper proposals.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 01:10 AM   #3
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it would be better to show all the renderings.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 04:57 AM   #4
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The link has renders on soem of them.

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Old May 10th, 2009, 06:13 AM   #5
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Thanks Mike. I should have just posted the link to begin with but I guess I just wasn't thinking.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 03:50 PM   #6
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The Rogers Lacy Hotel render on that link doesn't give it much credit. This render makes it look 10x better.



Hell, if the base was cut by about 2 floors and there was retail I wouldn't even mind this being built now. Although I have a feeling I have seen this design before....
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Old May 11th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #7
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it would be out of date by 1990.
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Old May 12th, 2009, 02:12 AM   #8
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Yeah, post modern doesn't really fit in anymore.
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So is this the Post-Post-modern era then?
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This is the nouveau-post-modern era.
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The Rogers Lacy Hotel render on that link doesn't give it much credit. This render makes it look 10x better.



Hell, if the base was cut by about 2 floors and there was retail I wouldn't even mind this being built now. Although I have a feeling I have seen this design before....
Yeah that does look a lot better.
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that's not post-modern.

and this thread is useless without images.

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Here's a list of unbuilt (canceled-destroyed-stale proposal) buildings.

http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?
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Ill give you Images....

http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?searchID=43030609
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Is Museum Tower not a go already?
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Old May 18th, 2009, 03:24 AM   #17
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no, I did proposed towers too
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Was that a preliminary design on Victory Tower?
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I wonder what a diagram of the skyline would look like if all the cancelled towers were built?
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Emerald Tower and Republic Bank are the 2 i would love to see built if i had my way.
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