The downtown YMCA was completed in 1931 and the primary home to the Y until new facilities opened on the adjacent block in 1982.
This image was taken in the late 80's, in the approximate location of the W Dallas Hotel. The site was once occupied by a rail yard, grain elevator and meat packing plant.
The P.C. Cobb Stadium sat at the intersection of Oak Lawn and I-35. It was torn down during the building boom of the 1980's, to make way for the Infomart.
This was the historic downtown YMCA. This beautiful old building was torn down to make way for the exceedingly bland Lincoln Plaza.
Plaza Tire Center Dallas
Recent changes to the Cotton Bowl include new seating and scoreboard. The stadium was once home to the SMU Mustangs and the Dallas Cowboys.
Workmen replace bulbs in the scoreboard at Reunion Arena. All efforts to sell the scoreboard have failed and it ended up being dismantled and sold as scrap. As of spring 2010, the site is basically clear of any building debris.
The Esquire Theater occupied the corner of Oak Lawn and Lemmon, where Eatzi's market now stands.
Downtown Dallas is currently undergoing a tremendous renaissance, but vacant buildings and nearly empty street scenes were a common sight of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
First Baptist Chuch demolished four buildings, including the one above, to make room for a new downtown church complex.
On a cold winter day, steam would rise from the power plant that occupied the current site of American Airlines Center.
The old power plant has been demolished to make way for the Victory development.
Elm Place was once the brightest building on the skyline, with almost two miles of flourescent lighting. The current building owners rarely turn on the exterior lights.
Esplanade Fountain at Fair Park looks slightly different today, but still exists. The fountain itself has been updated and includes new water features.
The rooftop track occupies one of the upper floors of the old downtown Dallas YMCA before its untimely demise.
The Adolphus Hotel is undergoing major renovations at the same time that construction of Southwestern Bell Plaza (now AT&T Plaza) is getting underway.
This shot from the early 1980's, shows the unfinished Woodall Rogers Freeway as well as the grain elevator and railyard that were cleared for the new Victory development.
This is a recent view of the Victory development, and a similar perspective as the previous photo. The Texas School Book Depository building is in the lower right-hand corner.
The old Parkland Hospital sat vacant for many years but escaped the wrecking ball. A renovation of the complex is currently underway.
The Texas Theater in Oak Cliff is undergoing extensive renovations that will transform the space into a performing arts and film venue.
The Infomart nears completion as part of the Dallas Market Center. The building is a modern day interpretation of London's Crystal Palace.
Finishing touches on LTV Tower included extensive landscaping and an assortment of bronze sculptures. The building has since been renamed Trammell Crow Tower.
Arco Tower [currently Energy Plaza] (f) and Harwood Center were two of many buildings that were built during the construction boom of the 1980's.
West End and Stemmons corridor areas of Dallas.
This shot from Reunion Tower in the early 80's, shows how much undeveloped land existed between downtown and Oak Lawn. The area is now part of Victory and Uptown.
The Adolphus Hotel was undergoing renovations at the same time that AT&T Plaza was being built across the street.
Construction work on AT&T Plaza is visible across the street from the Magnolia Building.
The West End and Victory areas of Dallas, long before American Airlines Center was built.
Harwood Center is going up just beyond what I believe to be the Cotton Exchange building. The CE building has been torn down by First Baptist Church for additional parking.
The old downtown YMCA.
This is an early 1980's shot of Dallas from the Trinity River levee.
This photo was taken from the top of the Fairmont Hotel looking NE through the Arts District. The Dallas Museum of Art and the Woodall Rogers Freeway are under construction.
This early 1980's shot of downtown is from Reunion Tower.
Construction on Lincoln Plaza is well underway in this shot. Energy Plaza is further along in the background.
The Lincoln Plaza is under construction in this image. The building in the foreground was later demolished to make way for Dakota's Restaurant.
One AT&T Plaza Construction
2100 Ross was known as San Jacinto Tower when the building was first constructed.
Trammell Crow led the northern expansion of downtown Dallas with buildings such as San Jacinto Tower.
Sadly, the Crest Theater was demolished in late 2008, to provide more parking for the newly remodeled Save A Lot food store.
The Borden Ice Cream plant once occupied a downtown block that is now a part of the Dallas Arts District.
Arco Tower rises next to Thanks-Giving Square.
Most buildings create a buffer zone around the buildings perimeter during construction. 1700 Pacific seems to be going up with very little separating it from the street traffic.
Downtowns Thanks-Giving Square with Harwood Centre going up in the background.
The concrete elevator shafts of Harwood Centre rise near One Dallas Centre (currently Patriot Tower).
The downtown Dallas YMCA is located in the center of this image.
This is the view of downtown immediately after the implosion of the downtown YMCA.
A bolt of lightning strikes somewhere beyond the Renaissance Hotel Construction.
ARCO Tower (now Energy Plaza)
Arco Tower is emerging from its construction site. Harwood Centre rises in the background.
The headquarters for Magnolia Oil, later Mobil Oil, would eventually become the Magnolia Hotel.
The Southland Life building, in the center of this image was once lined with horizontal rows of flourescent lighting.
Southland Life and Sheraton Dallas once occupied this complex of buildings. The three buildings have changed hands and and now the entire complex is a Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
A building is coming down to make room for the new MBank, which is now Comerica Bank Tower.
Lincoln Plaza emerges from the site of the old downtown YMCA.