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PaperCity Dallas October 2022

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18 A beguiling Beaux- Arts beauty downtown is celebrating a milestone. The Adolphus is a true lady, so we hate to be so crass as to reveal her age — but for 110, she looks amazing. Built by European craftsmen, the hotel was a passion project of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch. The German immigrant made his boozy fortune in St. Louis throughout the late 1800s but envisioned Dallas as the city of the future. After dabbling in the real estate market, he set out to build the city's first true luxury hotel, which he premiered in 1912; the 22-story tower remained the state's tallest building for a decade. The Adolphus has played host to celebrities and politicians including Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip also stayed here during an official state visit in 1991. At the royals' request, they were formally introduced to every staff member who personally served them during their stay, and Her Majesty gifted an official portrait to be hung in the hotel lobby. In 2016, the hotel underwent a two-year renovation W e ' v e f i n i s h e d o u r c o r r e s p o n d e n c e — handwritten, of c o u r s e . P e r i s h t h e thought that we would ever send an acknowledgment via email. As we like to think of ourselves as the queen bee, we often use Bell'Invito Buzz stationery with its weighted card stock and exquisitely beveled edges. Now our Belle Du Jour Adolphus Celebrates OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. go-to for beautiful papers has expanded to create the Bell'Invito Everyday collection to shelter said correspondence as we dash to the post office. Bell'Invito founder Heather Wiese has designed a collection of personal items such as leather totes, laptop cases, clutches, and card cases sourced and assembled in Italy and carried exclusively at select luxury retailers. It's a refreshing take on traditional formalities. Bell'Invito Everyday, $115 to $950, at The Conservatory, Billy Fong overseen by local Dallas creative and design firm Swoon the Studio, in partnership with Makeready. The multimillion-dollar facelift included careful historical restoration work incorporating Swoon's signature wood, stone, leather, mohair, and velvet, along with contemporary Texas art. To commemorate its anniversary, an unforgettable gala evening is Saturday, October 29 (tickets $150). Might we suggest you book The Hollywood Suite, which averages $1,250 a night, for that weekend. A tech friend from Silicon Valley recently stayed in this spatial spread, which comes with a billiard table and terrace that can easily accommodate a dozen or so friends for cocktails. We're impressed. The Adolphus, 1321 Commerce St., Billy Fong Bell'Invito Siena Everyday bag with strap, $950 The original dining room The French Room today The Adolphus, 1920s The French Room Salon Architect Wyatt C. Hedrick's 1950s addition, a sliver with 500 rooms

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