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