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A few months ago, I had the privilege of going inside of one of Dallas’ landmarks – one that has been on my list for YEARS. A HUGE thank you to Preservation Dallas (online & FB) for organizing a trip into the historic Statler Hilton! (pic source)

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Talk about a building that has seen glitz and glam.

The great thing about this building is, though it’s been deserted for ages – people attempting to do this project or that, ultimately letting it go — there are absolutely beautiful things still inside this building.

Take, for instance, the colored glass blocks on this wall – which used to be the dining and dancing area.

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Also, this incredible mural by Jack Lubin (done in 1956) was uncovered only in 2012 as the renovations began. My pictures don’t do it’s beauty or size justice.

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Upstairs are more blatant reminders of days past: dusty, forgotten chandeliers grace empty ballrooms with parquet floors that haven’t seen a dance in decades.

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The current owners plan to convert the tiny rooms into apartments, which, if they can’t reopen it as a hotel, is a fantastic use of this coveted corner. And, talk about great views! One can’t help but be jealous of the prime real estate across the street from Main St Park.

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Perhaps I’ll reconsider permanent urban dwelling once these condos make it on to the market….

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~Lainey