I should set the record straight on where exactly R.L. Thornton’s office was. When I was working on the photography for this project, I’d heard that it was on the 19th floor of the Dallas Building (image 36). However, the real story is this:
- When the tower was first built, Thornton’s office was in the northwest corner of the building on the ground floor, near the escalators. He liked to watch the people going in and out of Neiman-Marcus.
- The 31st floor of the tower (image 35) was the Dallas Sky Club, a lounge for bank executives.
- After the Dallas Building was completed, the executives’ offices, including Thornton’s, were moved over there, to the 2nd floor mezzanine area. His office had a small adjoining room with a bed, for after-lunch naps. This must have been fairly common in those days; I noticed a few other offices like this throughout the building.
However, I decided not to change the project to reflect this new information. The incorrect version provided a nice narrative arc for the photos, and the commentaries are sort of my little fantasy anyway :-)