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Awesome thread, I'll see if I can conjure up a few myself. I must say I like Houston better than Dallas nowadays, but I liked Dallas better than Houston in the olden days judging by these photos.
 

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Dallas' tallest building from 1954-present

Republic National Bank Building then Republic Tower I and now Gables Republic Tower. This building was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River from 1954-1959. In the 60s a second tower was built, to surpass Southland Center (now Sheraton Dallas Hotel) . The FAA scaled down the building. So Republic Tower I spire is taller than the Republic Tower II. Republic Tower I was converted into a residential tower.

Republic Tower I
Built 1954
Roof Height 452 ft (138m)
Spire 601 ft
Floors 32

Republic Tower II
Built 1964
Roof Height 598 ft (182m)
Floors 50





Southland Center now Sheraton Dallas Hotel This building was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River from 1959-1964. The tallest tower was an office tower for the Southland Life Insurance Company. The smaller tower was a Sheraton Hotel. In the 1980s a 31 story addition was added for more office space. In 1988 Southland Center left the complex and soon after the Sheraton Hotel closed. The property sat vacant for many years. In 1998 Adam's Mark Hotel bought the property and made it into one large hotel. This became the largest and tallest hotel in Texas. In 2007 the hotel was turned into the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.


Center Tower
Floors 42
Roof Height 550 ft
Built 1959

North Tower
Built 1981
Roof height 448 ft
Floors 31

South Tower
Built 1959
Roof Height 353 ft
Floors 28

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First National Bank Tower now Elm Place This building was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River from 1965-1969. This building sits on an 8 story base that takes up a whole city block. This building was suppose to be 96 ft taller, but it was scaled back because of Dallas Love Field. This building was one of the brightest lit buildings in Dallas. In January 2010 the building was closed.

Elm Place
Built 1965
Roof Height 625 ft
Floors 52

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Renaissance Tower This building was the tallest building in Dallas until 1985. Renaissance Tower was built in 1974, the height of the building was 710 ft. During the 80s the building was over taken by many buildings. So in 1986 the Tower was re-glassed and spires were added to increase the height from 710 ft to 886 ft. The Tower became the 2nd tallest building in Dallas.

Renaissance Tower
Built 1974
Roof Height 710 ft
Spire 886 ft
Floors 56

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Dallas Main Center now Bank of America Plaza This building is the tallest building in Dallas This building was built in 1985. It was suppose to have a twin tower with gold windows and purple lights. The building was suppose to have a pyramid shaped crown, but the FAA cut of the top.

Bank of America Plaza
Built 1986
Roof Height 921 ft
Floors 72

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Jacksonville:

1901 After the Great Fire which was the largest fire in the South and destroyed 146 blocks and 2,500 buildings



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Jacksonville looked really cool. All of these cities did. I like the shiny new downtowns and all but I can't help but feel like all of these cities have been ruined.
Well urban renewal killed the historic cores of these cities especially Jacksonville. It's funny all the major FL cities grew at about the same rate and were similar in size until about the 70's when Miami surpassed the other cities and since then only South Florida has seen significant growth in their city centers.
 

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Richmond & New Orleans looking great old skool!

Dallas, Houston, Miami, Atlanta all look like crap until the late 80's kicked in.
Yeah, Dallas looked horrible. But we did have some pretty tall buildings in the 50s and 60s. In 1954 we already had a 601 ft skyscraper. By 1965 we had 2 towers between 550 ft and 599 ft and 2 towers between 600 ft and 650 ft.
 

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