The Dallas Skyline: Spot the Landmarks

by Paula Bosse

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by Paula Bosse

The Dallas skyline is always changing, and it’s always been impressive. The late-’50s/early-’60s version above looks quaint by today’s standards, but it’s one of my favorite skyline periods. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Convention Center, but the rest of it? Pretty great.

As a bonus, here’s an interesting Dallas Morning News photo showing the early days of the construction of the George Dahl-designed Dallas Memorial Auditorium/Dallas Convention Center (which opened in 1957). (The “Cumberland” school mentioned in the caption is an error. The school demolished to make way for the convention center had actually been the Columbian School/Royal Street School, built in 1893. At the time of its razing, it had most recently served as the city’s school administration building and as a book warehouse. The Cumberland Hill School building — which was built in 1888 — is still standing at 1901 N. Akard.) (Click for larger image.)

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DMN, Feb. 20, 1955

Here it is, long before the bulldozers.

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via James Edwards Flanders site

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Cook Collection, SMU

Also interesting was that this land — which the city had been buying up for many years (some as a result of condemnation/eminent domain) also included four pioneer cemeteries. Read more about what happened to those cemeteries here.

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Top photo is from a site containing several photos relating to early KRLD radio and TV, with the occasional shot of Dallas streets and buildings, here.

Images are larger when clicked.

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