The Davis Building, aka Republic National Bank Building, in downtown has Dallas Historic Landmark Designation. 1926 this structure was the tallest in Dallas. In 1945, this structure was the largest office site in Dallas. Photo: Davis Building.

Downtown Dallas’ Davis Building, aka Republic National Bank Building, has Dallas Historic Landmark Designation. In 1926 this structure was the tallest in Dallas. In 1945, it was the largest office site in Dallas. Photo: Davis Building.

Dallas has a rich historic and architectural legacy, shown through buildings like the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, DeGolyer House and Gardens in East Dallas, and the Eastside Warehouse District and State Thomas neighborhood in Uptown.

But just because a building or neighborhood plays an important part in the story of Dallas doesn’t mean it’s protected from big changes, up to and including demolishment.

Just last September, 1611 Main Street and neighboring buildings were razed as part of the Joule’s expansion plans. It was a beautiful Romanesque Revival built in 1885, one of downtown’s oldest structures. It sat next to the site of another Dallas landmark torn down by the Joule in 2012, the former Praetorian Building.

Lakewood Theater is another example of an unprotected structure—it may be beloved, but nothing stands between it and the wrecking ball besides the assurances of the owner that they won’t demolish as part of renovation plans.

That’s where historic designation comes into play and the efforts of Dallas preservationists to care for the future of the buildings and neighborhoods that have shaped what our city into what it is today.

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Justin Terveen Adolphus Hotel Balroom

If you’ve been inside the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas, then you can surely understand why this Dallas landmark, a popular five-star hotel, attracts guests from all over the country. The problem is, some of them never leave.



The 100-year-old hotel is still a popular place to party and be seen, but it’s what’s unseen that has earned it a place in many a ghost hunter’s book. In fact, the purported ghosts of the Adolphus Hotel have their own website. The hotel’s haunted happenings made it inside Dallas author Rita Cook’s Haunted Dallas, according to this Dallas Observer story.

Intrepid photographer Justin Terveen, who goes the extra mile to get the shot and has taken some amazing snaps of historic Dallas properties, managed to find his way inside the allegedly haunted 19th floor ballroom (above). The ballroom was closed off during a renovation in 1979 and is only accessible by a hidden crawlspace. It is here that many Adolphus guests report hearing big-band music, pianos playing, and the sound of a great party going on. The elevators have done some strange things, too.

It’s also the site of a more grisly ghost story, one where a young bride chose to take her own life inside the hotel. Some guests have reported hearing a woman crying in the room nextdoor, or even hearing the melancholy tune of a music box playing.

Other sightings include a dearly departed customer occupying her old table inside the Bistro, and tableware moving about inside the French Room.

These are amazing stories, and they are one of the reasons that the Adolphus remains a fantastic historic hotel inside downtown Dallas and the premiere spot to take your honey if you want them to stick close to you on Halloween night.

Where are your favorite “haunted” spots to hang out on Halloween?