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The Statler

    The Statler
 in Dallas


Opened in 1956 and built for $16 million dollars, The Statler Hilton Dallas (its original name) was the first major hotel built in Dallas for 30 years. The hotel’s opening inspired celebrities and locals to gather together for a four day celebration. As the last hotel built by the famous Statler chain, it was completed immediately following the acquisition of the Statler Hotels Company by Hilton Hotels Corporation. It was the largest hotel in the Southwest when it opened and featured the largest convention space in the South at that time; its most spacious ballroom could accommodate 2,200 people.

The hotel was outfitted with the latest in architectural and electronic innovations, from usage of a cantilevered reinforced slab system that lent to its impressive height, to its decorative glass and porcelain exterior curtain wall in classic midcentury modern teals, to the vast open interior spaces. It was the first building to ever feature elevator music and the first hotel to install new and custom 21” Westinghouse televisions in each guestroom and suite. The hotel uniquely featured a heliport on its roof, to which guests were airlifted from Dallas’ local and surrounding airports. The Statler’s iconic stature was solidified when the American Institute of Architecture’s Dallas Guide called the hotel and the library located next door, designed by George Dahl in 1953, “the best block of 1950s architecture in the city.”

Unfortunately, time and neglect took its toll on The Statler. In 2001, the hotel closed. It was nearly demolished in 2003. Preservation Dallas added the building to its list of Most Endangered structures in both 2007 and 2008; the National Trust for Historic Preservation chose The Statler to be one of “America’s Most Endangered Places” due to its representation of American midcentury design. There were several attempts at redeveloping the hotel. In 2012, developer Leobardo Trevino’s crew uncovered an original 40-foot long mural by artist Jack Lubin from 1956, located in what was once the Empire Room supper club. The hotel was ultimately purchased by Centurion American Development Group in September 2013. Through preservation efforts and the help of state and federal tax credits, The Statler has been restored to its former glory. With a $175 million renovation of the hotel, it was the largest tax credit project in Texas and has now been listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places success stories.

The Statler now includes the hotel with 159 guestrooms, 219 private apartment residences on the upper 11 floors, a state-of-the-art concert venue, meeting facilities including a 14,500 square foot ballroom, four dining outlets, and retail and office space.

The Statler, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2018, dates back to 1956.

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