Dal-Tex Building

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Dal-Tex Building
Dealey Plaza 2003.jpg
View from southwest, with the former Texas School Book Depository Building at left, and the Dal-Tex Building, right next to it.
Former names Kingman Texas Implements Company Building, John Deere Plow Company Building
Alternative names Dallas Textile Building
General information
Status Complete
Type Brick
Architectural style Sullivanesque
Address 501 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas
United States
Coordinates 32°46′43″N 96°48′30″W / 32.77861°N 96.80833°W / 32.77861; -96.80833
Completed 1902; 113 years ago (1902)
Technical details
Floor count 7
Design and construction
Architecture firm Hubbell and Greene

The Dal-Tex Building is a seven story office building located at 501 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas. The building is located on the northeast corner of Elm and North Houston Streets, across the street from the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza, the scene of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The Dal-Tex Building, sometimes called the Dallas-Textiles Building, the Dal-Tex Market Building, or the Dal-Tex Mart Building, was a center of the textile business in Dallas.

Designed by architects James P. Hubbell and Herbert Miller Greene as a warehouse for the Kingman Texas Implement Company, the building has been described as one of the "earliest Sullivanesque designs in Texas".[2] The building has also been reported to show the Prairie School's influence on Greene.[3]

As of 2015, tenants of the Dal-Tex Building includes The Grove, JFK Museum Cafe and Gift Shop and Dallas based world music start-up, World Shuffle.

Assassination of Kennedy[edit]

Abraham Zapruder, who shot the famous Zapruder film, had his offices in the Dal-Tex Building.

Several conspiracy theories in the assassination of Kennedy allege that some of the shots fired on the President's motorcade originated from the Dal-Tex Building.[4] Numerous witnesses to the assassination reported hearing gunfire coming from the direction of the building. In fact, the Dal-Tex building was one of the first buildings to be sealed off in the minutes following the murder.[5] Several arrests were made following the building's lockdown;[6] there is record of a young man dressed in a black leather jacket and black gloves who was taken to the Sheriff's Office (also located within the Dal-Tex building) but he was never charged and no records of his name exist. Another suspicious person detained in the Dal-Tex building was Jim Braden, a career-criminal with Mafia ties who had recently changed his name[7] and was thus released by authorities. Furthermore, the Dal-Tex building aligns directly with the trajectory of the bullet that hit the curb, injuring bystander James Tague.[8]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dallas County Historical Foundation (August 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Dealey Plaza Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved June 7, 2012.  and Accompanying photos and maps, various dates PDF (3.14 MB)
  2. ^ a b "Greene LaRoche and Dahl: An Inventory of their Collection, 1902-1953". Alexander Architectural Archive. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Libraries. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Architectural Legacy: Dallas". The Architectural Legacy of Herbert Miller Greene. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Libraries. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "A Second Primer of Assassination Theories". Esquire: 104 ff. May 1967. 
  5. ^ Who's Who In The JFK Assassination: An A to Z Encyclopedia by Michael Benson, Citadel Press, 1998
  6. ^ JFK: The Second Plot by Matthew Smith, Mainstream Publishing, 2002
  7. ^ Contract on America by David E. Scheim, S.P.I. Books,1992
  8. ^ Annals of the Joint Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research and the National Academy for Educational Research 1998-1999 by Robert M. Hashway, University Press of America, 2001

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Coordinates: 32°46′47.46″N 96°48′28.62″W / 32.7798500°N 96.8079500°W / 32.7798500; -96.8079500