A Decade of Spectacular Growth for the Dallas Skyline: 1929-1939

by Paula Bosse

downtown_night_lloyd-long_smu_foscueA stunning view of the city at night (click for larger image)

by Paula Bosse

Two photographs showing the same view, the top from about 1939, the bottom from 1928. This city has always been a show-stopper at night, but Dallas went from looking like a typical big, prosperous city to a glamorous and elegant metropolis in the span of only ten years. The 1930s was a good time to be an architect in Dallas.

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Top photo by Lloyd M. Long, from the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University; it is accessible here. To see this photo with major buildings identified, the labeled version is here. The view is from the Medical Arts Building. Elm and Ervay is the intersection at the lower left, and Pacific runs along the right.

Bottom photo from the January, 1929 issue of The Rotarian, showing its readers what was in store for them at their annual convention to be held in Dallas in May. The night-time skywriting is a nice touch. (It’s weird seeing the Magnolia Building before Pegasus was installed on top of it in 1934.)

Click photos for larger images.

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