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Dallas City Hall

Dallas  Map
1977
Lead Designer
I. M. Pei

Dallas City Hall is an inseparable combination of building and park. Contributing much-needed open space to the center city and serving as a catalyst for future development, the boldly horizontal building, designed in deliberate contrast to surrounding high-rises, makes City Hall inseparable from its official life and functions.

The cast-in-place concrete structure is integral to both the interior and exterior of City Hall, to both building and park. Sloping outward at an angle of 34 degrees, each floor is about nine feet wider than the one below. The 560-foot-long form has both a symbolic and functional logic.

The architectural gesture embraces and welcomes approaching pedestrians and provides shelter from the Texas sun, while the expanding form accommodates diverse programmatic functions. The building’s first and second floors house public facilities, including an Action Center, Water Utility Bureau, and Consumer Affairs, each conveniently located near entrances from the four surrounding streets.

Show Facts
Site

11.8 acres in downtown Dallas

Components

178,000 s/f offices; 25,000 s/f Great Court; 5,000 s/f reception lobby; 250-seat council chamber; 4.7-acre plaza with 180' diameter pool; monumental sculpture; three 84' high conical flagpoles; 2-level underground disaster shelter; 1,325-car garage

Client

The City of Dallas

PCF&P Services

Master planning, architecture, exterior envelope, interior design

Awards

25-Year Award
American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter, 2003

25-Year Award
Texas Society of Architects, 2015

Excellence Award
American Consulting Engineers Council, 1979

cross section at interior court (top); longitudinal section (bottom)

Dallas City Hall creates an urban aesthetic and unique sense of place decisive to the image and life of the city.
Project Credits

Associate Architect: Harper and Kemp, Dallas, Texas; Structural: Terry-Rosenlund and Company, Dallas; Mechanical / Electrical: Gaynor and Sirmen, Inc., Dallas, TX; Landscape: Myrick, Newman & Dahlberg, Dallas, TX; Planners / Traffic: Ponte-Travers & Associates, Clifton, NJ; Images: Christian Korab/Balthazar Korab Ltd., PCF&P, Balthazar Korab Ltd., Robert Lautman, Nathaniel Lieberman, Dennis Brack