Architecture

A Q&A With Michael Ennis

Jan 21, 2013 By Abby Johnston

The writer-at-large on the development of West Dallas, Big D’s need for an urban middle class, and what a standout twenty-first-century city looks like.

Arch of Triumph

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Ennis

Dallas’s almost-finished Calatrava bridge may be an emblem of the city’s status. But the smart urban plan for the small neighborhood it leads to says more about the city’s future.

North Toward Dome

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

The best way to visit the Capitol, the state’s grandest public building, is to take the 45-minute guided tour. But there is much more to see if you know what to look for, and I’m going to tell you precisely that.

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Mar 31, 2012 By Brian D. Sweany

“The Trinity River is the biggest problem you have in Dallas today,” declared landscape architect George Kessler in his comprehensive plan for the city a century ago. And so it has remained: an undeveloped flood-prone eyesore that requires an extensive system of levees to protect residents and property. On March…

Don’t Mess With River Oaks

Jan 1, 2012 By Mimi Swartz

Houston has always prided itself as a city that barrels forward into the future, and operates without memory, regret or nostalgia. But when developers began messing with the historic River Oaks Shopping Center, Houstonians raised their hackles.

The 10 Best Buildings in Texas

Mar 1, 2009 By Michael Ennis

A tour of our greatest architectural master-pieces—from the Alamo to the World Birding Center—shows how the collision of the Old World and the New forged a unique style on the Texas frontier.

Donald R. Horton

Feb 1, 2008 By Texas Monthly

The population of Texas is rapidly expanding—from just under 24 million today to perhaps 50 million in 2040, according to the state demographer—and someone has to put out the welcome mat for all our neighbors-to-be. It may very well be the founder and chairman of D.R. Horton, one of the…

Suburban Renewal

Mar 1, 1999 By howardwen

How three Dallas area developers are beating back the threat of soulless sprawl by restoring a sense of community.

Wowtown!

Apr 1, 1998 By Joe Nick Patoski

The billionaire Basses had a vision—and money, of course. Now, thanks to their efforts, Fort Worth has the hottest downtown in Texas.

Tiles and Tiles of Texas

Nov 1, 1997 By Patricia Sharpe

The ceramic designs created by these four Texas studios will look great in your kitchen or bathroom—and except for their shape, there’s nothing square about them.

On With the Shows

Apr 30, 1997 By Michael Ennis

Now that both its building and its mission have been renovated, Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum is ready to win back the public and reestablish its eminence.

Rock Star

Jun 30, 1996 By Jeannie Ralston

Bob Ragan’s nationally renowned, intricately detailed stone carvings have a distinctly European look. Is it any wonder he lives in a place called Florence?

Seeing Red

Nov 1, 1995 By Jan Jarboe Russell

The contrversial color of ASan Antonio’s new public library is only the latest indication that architect Ricardo Legorreta isn’t afraid to buck convention.

Move Over, Southfork

May 31, 1984 By Alison Cook

Up for sale in Dallas, the Shanbaum house boasts a whopping 28,000 square feet and what may be Texas’ most comprehensive collection of sixties and seventies kitsch—along with a $2.75 million price tag.

What’s Red, White, and Blue . . . And Orange All Over?

Sep 30, 1977 By William Martin

The Orange Show’s 75-year-old creator, Jeff McKissack, still goes dancing and is sure he will live to be a hundred. Never heard of the Orange Show? Then you’ve missed a razzle-dazzle piece of American folk art—an amusement park/sideshow that looks like a topless castle designed by a…

Grand Hotels

Apr 30, 1977 By Linda Eckhardt

You won’t find Greta Garbo at these classic establishments, but some things that happen there are straight out of a movie.