The Top Iconic Landmarks in Dallas


Dallas is one of the coolest places and most exciting places to visit in Texas. It is so easy to see why the city is often referred to as Big D with its beautiful skyline which makes for entertaining nightlife, shopping centers, state-of-the-art museums, parks and gardens, awe-inspiring art, diverse and authentic food, Dallas city is sure to leave you with a lifetime experience. One of the standout attractions though is the buildings; with its large collection of Pritzker Prize-winning buildings setting it out as a standout destination for tourists.

Top 7 Dallas Landmarks:

1. Bank of America Plaza

Built-in 1985, the Bank of America Plaza stands as the city’s tallest building, the 3rd tallest in Texas, and the 40TH tallest building in the United States. With 72 stories, 280.7m (921 feet) from the base of the plaza and 1,900,000 sq ft of office space, the Bank of America Plaza is not just the most recognizable figure on the Dallas skyline but also a landmark in the city.

Located on 901 Main Street, the Bank of America Plaza is a focal point in the city with its magnificent sculpture visible during daytime and the grandeur of the building accentuated at night with its LED tubes showcasing the crystalline exterior. Situated strategically within the city, the building is easily accessible to all area freeways, whilst also being just a short walk from bus service at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Mall and the light-rail train.

With a highly advanced communications center, the building operates the latest equipment to provide unobstructed service to over 65 wireless, fiber, civic, and media outlets and serve the maximum number of users available in the space.

2. Fountain Place

The Fountain Place is the fifth tallest building in Dallas and the 15th tallest building in Texas. A 60-story skyscraper at a height of 220m (720 feet), the fountain place which was previously the second tallest building in Dallas as at its time of completion is a masterpiece. Built in1986 on 5.5 acres with 1, 880, 000 sq ft gross area of offices, lobby, boardroom, executive penthouse, underground parking and 172 small water fountains with a fully automated water show at the tower’s base, the fountain place located on the northern edge of the Dallas central business district has a standout public profile along the skyline.

The water fountains themselves are particularly attractive with the sight of breaking water in the heart of the city providing a refreshing and cool atmosphere for anyone to get some much-needed timeout.

Located on 1445 Ross Avenue, the building which was designed as a multi-faceted illuminated glass prism with a steel building structure is home to Tenet Healthcare and many other financial institutions.

3. Renaissance Tower

The 56-story building also known as RenTower has been in existence for over three decades with the building completed in 1974. Designed by Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum architectural firm and renovated by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in 1986, the 270. 06m (886 feet) skyscraper stands as the second tallest building in the city, the fifth tallest in Texas, 47th tallest in the United States, and the 317th tallest building in the world. Originally called The First International Bancshares Tower, the 1, 738, 979 sq ft steel structured building was the tallest building at the initial time of completion before dropping down two places and moving back up to second upon its renovation.

Located at 1201 Elm street, the renaissance tower which is known for its distinctive double “X” lightning and rooftop spirals, is a city landmark and is home to the well-known law firm Simon Greenstone Panatier and Westhan Global Logistics.

5. Thanks-Giving Square Chapel

Dedicated in November 1976, the Thanks-giving Square is an iconic affirmation of the long history of gratitude in Dallas and was considered as a major national shrine by President Gerald Ford.

Conceived in 1964 by four businessmen who wanted the city of Dallas to be known for the enduring hearts of the citizens and not just for its worldly aspirations and accomplishments, the thanks-giving square has today become a common ground where persons of all religions and cultures are welcome.

Set fifteen feet below ground level with a four-foot wall blocking the sight of automobiles to create a serene green island, active water fountains prominent in the landscape, and walkways to provide sitting areas, the square offers a calm presence to the city.

The curving white structure of the interfaith chapel of thanksgiving which rises 27.5m (90 feet) above the street level stands at the east of the square with a 100-foot-long bridge crossing the great fountain to arrive at the chapel while the bell tower is situated at the western end of the Thanks-giving square.

The inspiration for the chapel’s design was taken from the Great Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, and the ancient spiral of life.

6. JPMorgan Chase Tower

The Chase Tower is the 4th tallest building in Dallas, the 133rd tallest in the United States, 154th tallest in North America. Standing at 738 feet, the 55-story skyscraper which was designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill has become a permanent icon on the Dallas skyline.

Completed in 1987 the chase tower nicknamed the “keyhole building” is situated at 2200 Ross Avenue which is at the hard corner of Ross Avenue and Pearl street. Seated right in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the building’s unique architecture; a 6-story hole in the center of the building near the top, a curved glass top, a little-known observation and garden area located in the sky lobby just below the sky window sets the bar for prestige in the city.

The Chase Tower is home to Deloitte who has an employee strength of at least 1,111. A state-of-the-art fitness center, tenant lounge, and executive boardroom, on-site Starbucks, the Dallas petroleum club, concierge services, are a few of the world-class amenities the chase tower offers.

7. Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was named after an heiress and philanthropist. Situated in downtown Dallas, the bridge which was designed by Santiago Calatrava is one of three such bridges constructed as part of the Trinity River project.

The cable-stayed bridge is 368 m (1206 feet) long, 36.7 m (120 feet) wide and spans 184 m (603 feet) while also carrying six traffic lanes across the trinity river corridor. Connecting the spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway) downtown to Singleton Boulevard in West Dallas, the span of the bridge parallels the Ronald Kirk Bridge. 58 cables of ranging lengths from 196 m to 119 m (642 feet to 390 feet) and diameters of 165 mm to 127 mm (6.5 inches to 5 inches) descend from the steel arch whose peak height is 122 m (400 feet) through the centerline of the platform.

Construction of the bridge began in December 2005 and it was first opened in March 2012. Upon completion, the bridge did not just become another beautiful addition to the Dallas skyline but brought economic development and employment opportunities for West Dallas neighborhoods.


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