A landmark day for Dallas' historic Meadows Building


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a Modern architecture is celebrating another preservation win in the state of Texas; this time in Dallas. Just a couple weeks after the Harris County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with a major renovation project for the Astrodome, the Dallas Morning News featured an article announcing that the Chicago-based developers, GlenStar Properties are now going to "spare and restore" the historic Meadows Building.

The space between the Meadows Building and Energy Square will be leveled and turned into a park as part of a preservation plan by the building's owners, GlenStar Properties. Ashley Landis/Staff Photographer

The future of the Meadows Building was uncertain as the developer's initial plans sought to raze the building. However, their opinions began to shift after the Dallas Landmarks Commission voted unanimously in favor of the building's designation this past February; echoing the support of preservationists and people in the community, including architecture critic Mark Lamster and Docomomo US/North Texas chapter president Gregory Ibanez who provided testimony declaring the significance of the building and the importance of saving it. As these developments follow recent success stories like Marcel Breuer's Atlanta Public Library or Kevin Roche's Ambassador Grill, it is evident that the public is becoming more aware of and speaking out for the rich modern heritage found in their communities.

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