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(Continued from 43) FIRST NATIONAL BANK TOWER, Dallas (1965): The 52-story downtown skyscraper designed by Dallas architects George Dahl and Thomas Stanley was restored in 2020 to house the Thompson Hotel and retains such original features as teakwood panels inlaid with brass and 17,555 hand-cut exterior marble panels sourced from the same quarry as marble used for the Parthenon. 100 TEXAS DESIGN ICONS DRIFT, Fort Worth (2021): Artist Volkan Alkanoglu's footbridge is a 62-foot-long pathway spanning a creek between two Fort Worth neighborhoods that functions as infrastructure and public art. Commissioned by the city's Public Art Program, it's designed to resemble a smooth branch of driftwood. ELLSWORTH KELLY'S AUSTIN (2018): The artist's final work — and only building — is found at the Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas campus. With stained glass, a totemic wood sculpture, and 14 black-and-white marble panels, it's reminiscent of a contemplative sacred space and the perfect respite from the urban bustle of our state capital. EVANS-MONICAL, Houston (1963 - 1986): The sleek modernist design destination at 2750 Kirby Drive was an early proponent of Herman Miller and Steelcase and beloved by architects. With their representation of Knoll, it was owned by Jack Evans and Bruce Monical. Rice professor Harry S. Ranson was the architect. O'NEIL FORD, Dallas (1905-1982): An influential architect from Denton, Ford's mid-20th-century designs merged European modernism with early Texas architecture. His Little Chapel in the Woods (1939) on Denton's TWU campus is a beloved architectural achievement. In 1974, he was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Council on the Arts — the only individual ever to be given that title. FORT WORTH PUBLIC MARKET (1930): Mediterranean-style market space for local farmers, vendors, and retail businesses developed by John J. Harden of Oklahoma City and designed by B. Gaylord Noftsger. Plagued by economic difficulties, it closed in 1941 and has been repurposed throughout the decades. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. FORT WORTH WATER GARDENS (1974): This oasis, adjacent the Fort Worth Convention Center, was designed by Philip Johnson and is widely considered an architectural and engineering marvel. THE FRENCH ROOM, Dallas (1912): Located in The Adolphus Hotel, the restaurant was designed by Haynes & Barnett of St. Louis and renovated in 2017 by Swoon, the Studio, returning it to grand Beaux Arts splendor with original twin Italian Murano glass chandeliers, marble floors, and gold detailing. PHOTO PETER MOLICK FORTY FIVE TEN BUILDING, Dallas (2016): Rarely does razing an old building in downtown Dallas result in something more beautiful, but Forty Five Ten is an exception. The flagship retail building owned by Headington Companies was built in collaboration between architects Droese Raney and Corgan with ample design input by store founder Brian Bolke. It features a brick façade with bronze paneling, steel windows made in The Netherlands, Juliet balconies, a four-story monumental staircase, and Knoll furnishings. FRIEDMAN RANCH, Marfa (2019): Photographer Douglas Freidman's ranch in far West Texas, three miles outside Marfa, consists of a Brutalist/modernist house built from structural insulated panels (SIPs) shipped to and assembled on-site along with a Modpools shipping-container pool. DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN 44

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