Architecture 360: Take a Peek into The Hospitality Sweet

This April we’re celebrating Architecture Month with AIA. Every Wednesday and Friday I’ll be introducing you to a guest blogger who will tell us all about whats happening in the Dallas architecture world. Today Kelly Mitchell is going to talk to us about the history and transformation of one of our favorite Downtown haunts, the Hospitality Sweet. 

The ‘Old’ Post Office and Federal Building at 400 North Ervay in downtown Dallas was originally opened in 1930. In addition to being home to the United States Post Office, it also housed the Federal Court System, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and numerous other government offices and agencies. In 2011, the upper levels were beautifully converted into apartments and the lobby was restored. While the USPS operation onsite has been reduced, it still remains open on the ground floor.

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Architecture 360: Driving Thru the Nasher to Pay Homage to Our Downtown History

This April we’re celebrating Architecture Month with AIA. Every Wednesday and Friday I’ll be introducing you to a guest blogger who will tell us all about whats happening in the Dallas architecture world. Today we’re chatting with Greg Brown, the program director of the Dallas Center for Architecture, about Dallas’ car culture and how a new exhibit at the Nasher relates to architecture. 

Ross Avenue has long been a thoroughfare important to Dallas and its downtown. Beginning in the 1890’s, it was our “Silk Stocking District,” THE place for merchants, doctors, lawyers, and a certain newspaper publisher named Belo to live.  With the advent of the automobile, it became “Automobile Row,” lined with car dealerships and service stations. Today, it remains a busy boulevard through the heart of downtown.

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Party Pics: Thrift Studio’s Opening Night

The opening night at Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio was filled with pretty spaces, pretty people, a lot of excitement in the air, and our faithful D Home paparazzi, Matthew Shelley. He was there snapping pics of it all, which we have now organized into a gallery for your perusal and enjoyment.

Thus far, Thrift Studio has been a smashing success — so much so, that when Jessica and I stopped by to check out the vignettes the next day, almost all the items were sold! But don’t worry, they’ll be replenishing the supplies every day.

If you missed out on how the vignettes looked opening night, you can see them here.

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Architecture 360: Explore What Makes Dallas’ Buildings Cool

“Cool Spaces! : The Best New Architecture” is a new television series currently airing on public television.  Each hour-long episode profiles the most provocative and innovative public space architecture in the U.S. and is organized around a central theme — such as performance spaces or art spaces. Tonight, the Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) will host a screening of the premiere episode, one which highlights performance spaces and features our very own HKS-designed AT&T Stadium.

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Take a Peek into the Thrift Studio

Haven’t had a chance to stop by Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio yet? That’s okay, we did it for you. While the majority of the items in these vignettes are already sold out, don’t fret — they’ll be replenishing the goods on a daily basis. Stop by for the rest of the month to pick up some stylish furnishings, all while benefitting a good cause.

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From the Pages of D Home: Chest King

David Sutherland loved the cabinet on sight. The showroom owner first laid eyes on it in an issue of Objekt International. Crafted by artists Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job, the piece is inspired by the robber barons of the 19th century — despots, oligarchs, and financiers. Sutherland bought it at the Carpenters Workshop in London and transported it home “very carefully by air freight to Miami and then by truck to Dallas,” he says. Sutherland notes that the stories of war and industry are cast in bronze in panels on all sides. “The ‘shotgun’ hole through the center is, in a way, laying low the greed and avarice so evident in the details,” he says.

Here’s some stats on the chest:

  • The piece is cast in all bronze and finished in 24-karat gold.
  • The artists made five pieces for sale and two artist proofs. This piece is the first artist proof.
  • It was designed and executed by Studio Job, which is two artists — Belgium-born Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel from the Netherlands.
  • It weighs approximately 2,000 pounds (roughly the weight of a full-grown hippo or elephant).
  • “I’ll store tequila in it,” David Sutherland says.
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