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Historic Residences of Downtown

Historic Residences of Dallas

Fifty years ago, North Texas (and much of the United States) saw the rise of "suburbia" as people moved away from city centers to escape the hustle and bustle of urban living. Now, the pendulum has swung back as urban living is becoming more popular. Thousands now call downtown Dallas "home," and thousands more are expected to move to downtown and the immediate area. A large number of these urban dwellers are choosing apartments and condominiums located in converted historic buildings.

An economic downturn in the 1980s left many downtown office and warehouse buildings vacant. Twenty years later, developers are snatching up these buildings to create residential living space, as most of these older office buildings are no longer suitable for modern offices. Over 30 historic buildings in downtown (and the immediate vicinity) have been or are being converted to apartments, lofts, and condominiums. These buildings offer residents not only convenient downtown living, but also a part in preserving Dallas' history and character.

This website is a virtual tour of these historic buildings. Each building page includes a brief profile, historic images pulled from the historic photograph and manuscript collections of the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library, and suggestions for further research. Use the links above or below to explore these historic residences, either though interactive maps of downtown or Deep Ellum or from a list of buildings. As new properties are announced, they will be added to this site. If you know of other projects or have comments about the this site, please drop us a line: 214.670.1435 or texas@dallaslibrary.org.

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Last revised on August 28, 2006