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A glass-encased escalator is an interesting aspect of the Perot Museum's architecture
A glass-encased escalator is an interesting aspect of the Perot Museum's architecture | © Jenifer McNeil Baker / the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
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Most Impressive Buildings in Dallas

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Updated: 19 March 2018
Dallas is home to a mixture of architectural styles that includes post-modern, Beaux Arts, Gothic Revival, and Romanesque. Whether you’re driving around the city or biking through downtown, here’s a list of the most impressive buildings in Dallas that will have you saying, “Whoa.”

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Building, Science Museum, Natural History Museum
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A glass-encased escalator is an interesting aspect of the Perot Museum's architecture
A glass-encased escalator is an interesting aspect of the Perot Museum's architecture | © Jenifer McNeil Baker / the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Thom Mayne, a winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate designed the astoundingly beautiful Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The building is cube-shaped with the idea of bringing together the building and the environment. It’s a prime example of sustainability with a full acre of a green-landscaped roof that hosts native grasses and plants that will thrive in the Texas climate over time. The 150-foot (45.72 meters) glass-enclosed escalator that extends outside of the building is one of its most notable aspects.
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Sun - None:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee, Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Architectural Landmark

Chase Tower

Building
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The Chase Tower in Dallas has a unique dome structure
The Chase Tower in Dallas has a unique dome structure | © Madison Berndt / Flickr
The Chase Tower is a 55-story skyscraper and office building in downtown Dallas with an impressive exterior. Completed in 1987, the building has an opening that sits between the 43rd and 50th stories. The window is 27 feet wide, and is right above what is known as the Sky Lobby, a spot where visitors can enjoy unsurpassed views of the Dallas Arts District. The barrel-style glass roof of the Chase Tower stands out among other skyscrapers, as does the Rotunda, a post-modern dome that sits right in front of the tower and is a corporate fitness facility for the Chase Tower.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair)

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Architectural Landmark

Bank of America Plaza

Building
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Bank of America Plaza building glows green at night
Bank of America Plaza building glows green at night | © Ka!zen / Flickr
Bank of America Plaza holds a lot of bragging rights. At 72 stories tall, it’s the tallest skyscraper in Dallas and the third tallest in Texas. The clean lines, reflective surface, and great views from the top floors make it even more appealing. However, it’s the fact that the building lights up every night in LED green light, that makes the Bank of America Plaza one of the most beloved buildings in Dallas. Though the light changes at times to blue or purple, for Dallas locals and visitors, the “green building” is always a beacon of light.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair)

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable

Reunion Tower

Building
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The Reunion Tower lights up with LED lights at night
The Reunion Tower lights up with LED lights at night | © VisitDallas / Courtesy of VisitDallas.com
At 561 feet (170 meters) tall, the Reunion Tower is an observation tower with 360-degree views of the city of Dallas. The observation deck level features interactive and digital experiences, including information about Dallas history, the Reunion Tower itself, and more, and there are also numerous telescopes to get a close-up view of the skyline. Pop into the Cloud Nine Café for a snack or refreshing drink or eat at Five Sixty, a Wolfgang Puck fine dining restaurant located on the top, rotating floor. Eat a delicious gourmet meal while enjoying incredible views that overlook the city. The tower is also connected to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, so it’s perfect for visitors who want to stay close by to this Dallas attraction.
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Sun - Thu:
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
10:30 am - 9:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Touristy, Architectural Landmark

Cathedral Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe

Church
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Cathedral Guadalupe is a breathtaking cathedral in downtown Dallas
Cathedral Guadalupe is a breathtaking cathedral in downtown Dallas | © Sharon Mollerus / Flickr
For a state that seems to have a church on every corner, the Cathedral Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe is pretty impressive among the building landscape of Dallas. Set in downtown Dallas, Cathedral Guadalupe (as it’s also referred to), dates to 1902 and features a High Victorian Gothic designed by Nicholas J. Clayton. Today, the cathedral is the second busiest Catholic church in the U.S.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Accessible (Wheelchair)

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Peaceful, Historical Landmark

Thanks-Giving Square

Church, Park
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The Thanks-Giving Square Chapel is a non-denominational chapel hidden in downtown Dallas
The Thanks-Giving Square Chapel is a non-denominational chapel hidden in downtown Dallas | © Leonid Furmansky / Thanks-Giving Square
In Dallas, there is a place called Thanks-Giving Square, and it can help give you some perspective on life and its woes. It contains a walk with prompts that help people realize how blessed they are. It’s shaded and pretty, with a gorgeous mural on the wall with scripture. Up the stairs and across a bridge is a white marble spiral-shaped, non-denominational chapel that draws the eye. It’s only 58 feet (17.6 meters) tall and features a cubic altar made of Carrara marble. Inside, the Glory Window, a 67-panel, stained glass helix ceiling, is just as impressive as the exterior of the building.
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Mon - None:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed - Sun:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Instagrammable, Peaceful

Fountain Place Tower

Building
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The Fountain Place building has a distinct rocket-like shape
The Fountain Place building has a distinct rocket-like shape | © M Pei / Flickr
Fountain Place is a tranquil destination to meet during the day and a romantic place to talk in the evening. It’s located in the Arts District of Dallas and features a tower shaped like a rocket with a green glass exterior and 172 bubbler fountains and a central grand fountain. The tower is 60 stories high and has been under construction for the last few years to update the interior, a renovation that will continue through 2018. With trees surrounded by water, you could stroll through the fountains and watch the water or find a nice place to sit and write with the sounds of moving water in the air. With many places to eat nearby, it’s a prime location for like-minded guests to talk about everything while the sun goes down, and then watch as the water is illuminated by nightfall.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Touristy, Photo Opportunity