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Old Posted Apr 21, 2008, 4:14 PM
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DALLAS | Never Built Projects

Here is my favorite unbuilt skyscraper of Dallas:

Pacific Place





Here are some others:

These are all taken from http://www.greenargon.com, an excellent informative website of Dallas history.

Bank of America



Cedar Maple Plaza



Cityplace





DISD Complex





Fountain Place





Lincoln Complex



Lone Star Project



One Dallas Centre



One Main Place







Arts District



Griffiin Square




Others can be seen here: http://forum.dallasmetropolis.com/sh...0&page=1&pp=50
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Old Posted Apr 22, 2008, 12:42 AM
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I love Dallas Architecture, seeing these babies gets me down, but I sure am glad the Bank Of America Plaza stayed one tower, same goes for the Fountian Place.
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Yea it's too bad that any of those didn't see the light of day.
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Seeing Pacific place and the lone star project make me sick.

The arts district is working out great though
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Woah....whats the big 'H' shaped building called? One Main Place? What a shame that was never built...
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Does anybody know the name or have a picture of the building that was supposed to go up by Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe in the Arts District. The only thing that got built there was the base.
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That would be the Lone Star Project pictured above.
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WOW,great find.
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Pacific Place would've been gorgeous. It looks like a merger of BoA Tower and Regions Building, both in Tampa.
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A recent article about the unbuilt second Cityplace tower:

Cityplace's unbuilt twin awaits a buyer
12:00 AM CDT on Friday, August 22, 2008
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News
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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...1.4e7653c.html

A skyscraper project that never made it off the drawing board two decades ago is still waiting for the right buyer.

Tons of granite - bought and cut for a second 42-story Cityplace Tower - sit in a south Dallas County storage yard. 'If you need to build a red granite skyscraper, see me first,' says the president of Cityplace Co.

When developers built the 42-story Cityplace Tower on North Central Expressway in Dallas, they expected to keep going with more construction.

So in the mid-1980s, they ordered enough pink and red Brazilian granite to build a twin Cityplace skyscraper plus several smaller office buildings.

The real estate bust put an end to the grand plans. Only the one tower was built.

But tons of leftover granite are piled up in a south Dallas County storage yard.

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Does anyone have any pictures of these cancelled projects? They were here before and I guess since green argon shut down, they got lost.
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Does anyone have any pictures of these cancelled projects? They were here before and I guess since green argon shut down, they got lost.
Well? Anyone?

I have a fascination of Texas skyscrapers.
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Pacific Place is gorgeous. But rather far from the Pacific, Dallas is.



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Pacific Place is gorgeous. But rather far from the Pacific, Dallas is.



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It would have been on Pacific Street. Sometimes buildings are named after the streets they're on.

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Old Posted Aug 26, 2010, 5:06 AM
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'Stovepipe' skyscraper was once planned for Dallas Convention Center hotel site
09:19 AM CDT on Friday, May 21, 2010
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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...1.df69644.html

The view of Dallas' skyline from Oak Cliff is undergoing a dramatic transformation.

Drive across the Jefferson Boulevard Viaduct, and the huge new convention center hotel fills the foreground. Soon there will be a great blue-glass wall towering above the southwest corner of downtown.

If things had worked out differently a few decades ago, in place of the new hotel construction you'd be looking at a round skyscraper.

Part of a complex called Griffin Square, the 913-foot building to be called Dallas Tower and the surrounding neighborhood of high-rise offices, shops and residential units was the dream of Dallas businessman C. Wesley Goyer Jr.

In the late 1960s, Goyer and his development company tied up more than 30 acres of old warehouses and rail yards, including the current convention hotel tract.

The big concrete tower – which would have been the tallest in the state – included a 600-room luxury hotel, office space and an observation deck on top. But what really caught the town's imagination was the shape.

"We actually used a stovepipe to make the model," recalled Philip Henderson, whose architectural firm worked on the project.

Griffin Square's centerpiece tower was one of the clean, modern buildings that dominated commercial designs in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

"No one wants to be purely geometric anymore," said Henderson, who laments some of today's building styles. "They want these swoopy things."

Griffin Square's Dallas Tower was supposed to cost $35 million.

Wow, that seems like a bargain compared with what's being spent on the new hotel – more than 10 times that amount.

Newspaper editorials proclaimed that Griffin Square would "mark Dallas as one of the nation's most progressive cities." It was touted as an international tourist attraction.

Phase two of the project was a complex of "shops, restaurants, theaters and nightclubs" designed to appeal to visitors at the new convention center next door.

Like many of Dallas' grand plans of the day, Griffin Square got derailed by a dodgy economy.

"Money just dried up for everything that wasn't essential," Henderson said.

A commercial real estate bust and credit crunch put most development in the Dallas area on hold for years.

Sound familiar?

By 1971, plans for the grand cylindrical tower were abandoned.

Five former Dallas mayors still turned out for the groundbreaking for the only Griffin Square building that made it off the drawing boards.

That nine-story, reflective-glass and concrete building still sits on the corner of Young and Griffin streets. Instead of posh shops and luxury hotel rooms, the structure is home to federal government offices.



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Does anyone have any pictures of these cancelled projects? They were here before and I guess since green argon shut down, they got lost.
I kept a scrapbook with clippings of all of the newspaper announcements for skyscraper projects for Dallas during the 1980's boom. During the apex of the building boom it was like almost every single day of the week there was another announcement with renderings, etc. either on the front page or in the business section of the paper.

I have my scrapbook stored away right now but I will pull it out and take a look and see what is in it. I know there were some incredible skyscraper projects announced for Dallas that ended up not getting built. And I cut out all of those announcements with pictures and placed them in my scrapbook.

The last time I looked at the scrapbook it was really cool seeing so many incredible skyscraper designs and projects .... Dallas' skyline would look like Chicago now if they had all been built.

One project called for a 100 story skyscraper to be built overlooking Woodall Rogers Expressway on a lot that is still a parking lot today, right on the edge of the West End.

Now that would be THE skyscraper to see built in Dallas - so Dallas would regain the title of tallest skyscraper outside Chicago and New York City!
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I'm pretty sure I have a picture of the 100 story skyscraper project for Dallas in my scrapbook. It will be very interesting to see that design again!

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