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The Meadows Building - Dallas, Texas 1955

TheMeadows Building is one of the few examples of original classic 50's era architecture left in Dallas. The only major alteration of this building was the removal of the southwest wing and courtyard seen here in these original 1955 aerial photos of the Meadows Building. The courtyard was on top of the parking garage between the wings. There is still a parking garage in the same area but the courtyard was replaced with a fountain and water garden type of thing. There is now a larger office building in the general area where the southwest wing was. Check out the roof designs in these original photos. Seriously cool! This photo is looking from the southwest toward the northeast.

J.N. MacCammon is named as the architect on the the Meadows building plaque. I did an online search and found that he also is named as architect of the Seattle Municipal building completed in 1962. Here is a link to the Seattle site with photo of the building. It's VERY similar to the Meadows.


This photo was taken looking toward the southwest. The building looks pretty much the same today from this angle. The photos below were taken in 2003 but as of this writing the Meadows is still in good shape.


The Meadows Building Now

The Meadows as it is now. The office building that was built to the southwest of the Meadows can be seen to the right in the photo. There is now a security desk in the lobby of the Meadows which ruins the look of the lobby. The Meadows lobby is one of the most amazing examples of space-age googie 1950s design I have ever seen. See lobby detal photos below.



The north side of the building has only the bands of windows on each floor with the walk-around balcony at the 2nd floor level. Each end is capped with pinkish marble. I don't know what the blueish green material is between the bands of windows. It reminds me of terrazo but that can't be what it is because the material is in corrugated panels. A close up can be seen below in this photo. Blue green material stuff. The south side has it too but it can't be seen in the photos because it's down behind the brick balcony railings. The "blue green material" photo was taken on one of the south balconies.


Here's the south side of the building. Each floor has a full-length balcony running the entire length of the building. The south offices have doors that open onto each balcony. The building also has 2 roof terraces connected by north and south walkways at roof level.

A bit of the new courtyard can be seen in this photo. Not as cool as the original but at least the open space between the buildings was maintianed.


This is the southwest corner of the building where the southwest wing used to be. If you ever go by the Meadows you can see signs of where the wing was removed. The first 2 floors are set-in at an angle from the end of the building. The southwest wing extended out at the angle of the first 2 floors.


Here is a view of the northwest corner of the building. The angle of the first 2 floors can be seen better in this photo.


This is the southeast corner of the southeast wing. This wing has the blue-green corrugated material stuff and windows along the 1st floor and red brick railed full-length balconies along the 2nd floor on the east and west sides of the wing. There is a loading dock on the lower level at the south end.


Walk-around Meadows Photos. Click thumbnails to enlarge.
These photos are pretty much self explanatory. I tried to capture the overall coolness of the place. The main entrance is amazing. The entrance is a combination of terrazo, green marble, red brick and white (stone?) panels. The light fixtures in the main lobby are of particular interest. I call them "jet engine air intake" light fixtures. There are also some amazing cheese-hole-aluminum tube air registers in the entry between the the doors. Another cool feature in the lobby is the amoeba shaped dropped section of the ceiling.