Fountain Place skyscraper – Downtown Dallas’ iconic to celebrate its new look
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After spending $50 million on upgrades over more than 2 years, one of downtown Dallas’ landmark towers are now ready to show off its results. The green glass Fountain Place is one of the most familiar features of skyline, however, you won’t recognize the inside of the rocket-shaped tower after the reboot of owner Goddard Investments.
There are yards of dark stone and low ceilings which were tossed in favor of white marble and polished steel, while not any brass trim is found. The two-story tall illuminated glass panels lining the walls that architects James Carpenter Design Associates and Gensler included in the redesign is making up the most striking feature.
Fountain Place’s owners hosted guests for the formal unveiling of the project on Wednesday night. The lobby and outside plaza was again full of people this week. They flooded to see the changes of the property.
Goddard Investments’ Jim Wilson said that he’s felt like the mother of a bride getting ready for a big wedding for the last couple of days, and that they were really happy with how it had turned out. He added that they were getting a great response form potential tenants as well as seeing a lot of activity.
The finish of the construction inside the Fountain Place tower is said to be only part of what’s happening on the block at Ross Avenue and Field Street.
Next door construction is making up on the 45-story Amli Fountain Place apartment tower. When the residential high-rise starts March opening, it will bring to the property 367 luxury apartments. Moreover, a new restaurant and retail center will create more activity across Fountain Place’s namesake water garden and plaza.
Wilson said when they opened the food hall and the residential tower opens, it would bring a lot more energy to the property. When Fountain Place was created by architects Harry Weese and Harry Cobb with I.M. Pei and Associates and famed landscape designer Dan Kiley, the cypress-treed plaza with its fountains was hoped to become a gathering place.
And when the office tower closed at nights and on weekends, the property became more of a ghost town. However, that’s going to change as hundreds of new retail customers and apartment residents land on the block.