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(Re-)Discovering Downtown Dallas

There are so many things to see in Downtown Dallas that I'm not sure where to start. All along Main Street, which is the main street in Dallas (I found this out myself!) aka the heart of the city, you will see a great mix of Neo-Gothic, Beaux-Arts, Art-Déco and Postmodern style buildings.

Things to see on Main Street :

- The Bank of America Plaza Building : At 921 feet (280.7 m) tall, this building is the tallest in Dallas, and the third tallest in Texas. The building is known to locals as "The Pickle" due to its green lights and shape.

- The Giant Eye Ball : This 30 foot tall sculpture will, I'm sure, catch your eye, and I'm not even trying to be funny! Installed in 2013, it is designed by contemporary artist Tony Tasset and is owned by the same corporation that owns the Joule Hotel accross the street.

- The Joule Hotel and its cantilever pool : This luxury Neo-Gothic hotel, built in 1927, is known for its cantilever pool that sticks out over the sidewalk below. I've never seen such a pool before, and it's freaking awesome! If you have time, go have a quick look inside, as it's beautiful too!

- The Forty Five Ten flagship store : This unique luxury department store will open its doors to the public by the end of the year. It's the most anticipated store opening in Dallas! They will carry a well edited line of fashion and lifestyle products from international luxury brands and up and coming labels. Fore more info, click here.

- The Neiman Marcus Building : Opened in 1914, the building is today recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark, and is the corporate headquarters and flagship store of Neiman Marcus, a US luxury specialty department store. First opened with only four floors, others were added over the years, to finally reach 9 floors. Don't forget to check out their gold escalators, they're awesome!

- The Comerica Bank Tower : Standing at 787 feet (240 m) above the ground, this Postmodern building is the third tallest skyscraper in Dallas.

Things to see around Main Street :

- The Adolphus Hotel : Built in 1912, it is the oldest hotel in Dallas. With an ornate Beaux-arts exterior, the building is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Dallas. The 19th floor of the hotel is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman. She was due to be married one day during the 1930's but her fiancé didn't show, leaving her heart-broken and embarrassed. Later that day her body was found hanging a few feet from the spot where she was supposed to say her vows. Many hotel guests have reported seeing her and hearing her cry.

- The Magnolia Building : Built in 1922, this building was the city’s first skyscraper, as well as the tallest building in Texas, the tallest building west of the Mississippi, and taller than anything in Europe. Originally the head offices of the Magnolia Oil Company, it's now a hotel.

- The Fountain Place Building : With its unique architecture, it's one of the most recognizable buildings in the city. Original plans for the project called for twin towers, but with the collapse of the Texas oil, banking and real estate industry in the 1980s among other reasons, the project was never completed.

- The Pegasus : The Dallas’ flying red horse (that was originally the logo of the Magnolia Oil Company) was installed on the roof of the Magnolia Building in 1934, until 1999, when, rusted and decrepit, it was taken down, to leave place to a brand new one. After being completely restored, the original Pegasus was put in place on top of a makeshift oil derrick in front of the Omni hotel.

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