Dallas Municipal Building Wins Preservation Dallas Award
May 16, 2018
IRVING, TEXAS – Preservation Dallas selected the Dallas Municipal Building as one of its winners in the 2018 Preservation Achievement Awards. Conley Group was the architect for the restoration of this historically significant building, located at 106 S. Harwood in downtown Dallas.
Clad in Texas grey granite, Indiana limestone, and decorative terra cotta ornamentation, the Beaux-Arts style structure is the new home for the University of North Texas College of Law.
The rich history of the Dallas Municipal Building begins in 1912 when the Fred A. Jones Building Company began construction, but filed bankruptcy that same year, causing a sale and transfer of materials to C.C. Street, Jr. The building, designed by Dallas architect C.D. Hill, was completed and opened on October 17, 1914.
The Dallas Police Department took up residence in the attached Municipal Building Annex in 1956 and later vacated, leaving the municipal courts as its only resident. The building was the site of the Dallas City Hall from 1912 to 1978 and is nationally significant as the location of the 1963 assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald.
In the wake of a substantial adaptive reuse effort by the City of Dallas, Conley Group was commissioned to spearhead the restoration efforts. The building suffered significant deterioration of the ornate, exterior elements. As a result, an extensive exterior wall remediation, interior demolition, structural stabilization work, interior remodel, renovation, and tenant finish-out was required.
The project also required sensitivity and adherence to Texas Historical Society’s “Period of Significance” guidelines. Critical restoration elements included all entry doors, copper chapeau, mansard roof, tile, limestone, granite and terra cotta cladding.
The project began in 2011 and was finished in July 2017.
The annual Preservation Dallas awards event recognizes outstanding efforts to preserve historic places of Dallas and occurs in May during National Preservation Month. The Dallas Municipal Building is a designated Texas Historic Landmark.
Ken Paar, RA, AIA, principal architect for the project stated, “Working with Carl Janak and the Phoenix artisans, together, we carefully blended experience, expertise, heart and diligence into a successful remediation formula to save and restore the limestone cladding to its original beauty and character. This historic structure can now proudly serve its new tenants’ purpose and aspirations for the next 100 years.”
More information on the restoration can be found here.
Owner: City of Dallas
Architect: Conley Group
General Contractor: Phoenix 1 Restoration
Envelope Restoration: Conley Group
Stone Restoration: Dee Brown Stone Restoration
Materials Contractor: Michael van Enter
Structural Engineer: JQ Engineering
MEP Engineer: Morning & Associates
Preservation Consultant: Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture
Environmental Consultant: Resource Environmental Consulting
Project Photography: Tracy Allyn Croysdale
About Conley Group:
Conley Group has provided architectural and engineering consulting services across the globe for over 30 years. What makes Conley Group unique is our unparalleled expertise in building envelope as well as our robust set of multi-disciplined capabilities serving a variety of clients, both public and private.