Dallas Library
Like its next-door contemporary, the Statler Hilton Hotel, the Dallas Public Library was hailed as “ultramodern in every respect” when it opened in 1955. It was built on the site of the freshly demolished, stately and fantastical 1900 Carnegie Library, and like that building, would be found outgrown and inadequate in a few decades. It was vacated in 1982, and has stood empty since, huddled against the Statler Hilton, two faded 50’s marvels set adrift amongst a sea of phantom buildings, long since leveled for surface parking.

There’s an interesting story behind that hand-shaped outline on the black granite, which I’ll get to later, in the History section.