Downtown Dallas: Main Street

I’ve lived near Downtown Dallas for a number of years now, and I never seem to tire of the Dallas skyline. There’s just something magical about the way that the glass towers jut out of the rolling prairie. And while Downtown Dallas looks impressive as you drive in from the suburbs, it looks pretty good when you’re standing in the downtown canyons as well. I wanted to see it for myself, so I went down to Main Street and snapped these photos.

Main Street

The Bank of America Plaza. At 72 stories, it is the tallest building in Dallas. The corners glow green at night.

Dallas buildings old and new

The Spirit of Communications

The Spirit of Communications. Originally called the Genius of Electricity, the statue was commissioned in 1914 by Western Electric.

The statue has been a symbol of Ma Bell for almost a century. In the mid 20th century, it often graced the covers of phone books.

Also known as “Golden Boy”, for reasons unknown.

The Magnolia Building

You never see sculptures like this on modern buildings.

The Magnolia Building downtown. If you look carefully, you can see the flying red pegasus on the roof.

Originally the corporate symbol of Magnolia Oil, and later Mobil, the red pegasus is now a symbol for Dallas, especially downtown.

Downtown Dallas Towers

Fountain Place off in the distance, one of several Dallas landmarks designed by I.M. Pei.

A building within a building

Comerica Tower and the Mercantile Building

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at

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  1. terry says:

    I think I’d like to spend a day seeing old DT Dallas

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