Travels with Larry: Brass Revitalizes Downtown Dallas
28 Nov 2017
Finally, downtown Dallas, Texas is experiencing a renaissance! Condos, hotels, restaurants and shops are beginning to fill the underutilized buildings, making central Dallas a real destination, rather than a place tired office workers flee as soon as their work day is over.
Dallas luxury retailer Forty Five Ten’s newly opened main location is a striking example. Rich golden toned, polished brass (copper zinc alloy) panels surround the entry and provide the building with a striking “lid” over its full frontage top floor patio. Designer Droese Raney Architecture did a great job. I’ll have to stop inside and have a coffee at the copper bar on the main floor one day.
Diagonally across the street, the Neiman Marcus flagship store proves that “high-end” is not a new concept for the area. The 1927 building is even recognized as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. There’s only limited copper alloy material on the outside—primarily brass detailing on a canopy over a main entrance. Inside, however, are very well maintained distinctive brass escalators, the result of an extensive 1940s remodel.
Look closely at the side panels over the escalator treads. Brass frames surround back lit translucent stone panels. Not only beautiful, this lighting is also a safety feature!
By Larry Peters, Copper Development Association Project Manager & Architectural Applications Specialist