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Renaissance Tower

1201 Elm Street
Dallas TX United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count56
Basement Floors2
Floor Area160,814 m²
Building Uses
 - office
 - library
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - truss
Architectural Style
 - postmodern
 - glass
 - steel

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire886 ft
Roof710 ft''

• Architects: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, HKS Inc.

• Renovation Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
• Main Tenant: Blockbuster Inc.
• Engineers: Blum Consulting Engineers Inc.
• Constructor: Mosher Steel Company.
• Others: Ellisor & Tanner Inc., Thornton Tomasetti Inc., Henry C. Beck Company, Tractel Ltd. South Central, Trizec Properties Inc., Brookfield Properties Corporation, Winstead Sechrest & Minick PC.

• This was the tallest building in Dallas upon its completion. Decorative roof structures were added in 1986 so that the building would still be considered tall.

• The then InterFirst Plaza went through a $40 million dollar renovation in 1986 (ending in 1991), originally a simple glass box, new glass was added to show off different patterns, 5 stories where added to the top, and 5 decorative towers where added to the rooftop.

• Best known as J.R. Ewing's office in the early seasons for the popular TV Show "Dallas", it was referred to as the "Ewing Oil Building".

• Corporate Headquarters for Blockbuster Inc.

• Previous names include: First International Building (1974 - 1982) InterFirst Plaza (1982 - 1985) InterFirst Two (1985 - 1986) then finally Renaissance Tower (1986 - present).

• The top floor of the Renaissance Tower houses a library with views of the Dallas area.

• The building is lighted during night in a criss-cross patterns. At top the lights makes it resembling a "landing pad" for the "rocket ship" Fountain Place building.

• The decorative spire and turrets were added in 1987, allowing it to be in the world's 100 Tallest for a long time and even the tallest building in Dallas from 1974 to 1985, surpassed after by Bank of America Plaza.

• The building was a centerpiece in the long-running American television show "Dallas".

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