Place (formerly Allied Bank Tower)
1445 Ross Avenue
Pei Cobb Freed
and Partners (Henry Cobb, lead designer) 1986
form of this glass-clad office tower was designed to meet the developer's
requirement for a distinctive presence on the Dallas skyline. Henry Cobb as
described it as "what's left after carving into a square prism." Large but
subtle slices have been carved from the top, so the tower that emerges is a
parallelogram in section, but does not look it from many vantage points.
Smaller slices have been carved below to make the ground floor also a
parallelogram, creating shady, fountain-filled gardens beneath.
geometry lies somewhere between Cobb's earlier
John Hancock Building
in Boston - a modified parallelogram prism - and I.M. Pei's later Bank of
China Building in Hong Kong, which takes up the more three-dimensional
carving introduced here. Both the earlier and later buildings have a
brilliant elegance and coherence to their form that Fountain Place does not
achieve to the same degree.
plan was for a second, identical, tower to be added at right-angles to the
first, which (together with other planned buildings) was never built.
How to visit
is towards the north of the downtown district, on Ross Avenue at Field St.
The ground floor has restaurants and the fountain gardens open to the
While in the
area you may be interested to visit I.M. Pei's
Dallas City Hall,
about 10 minutes' walk south down Akard Street (from Ross Avenue one block
east of Fountain Place).