Museum Tower (Dallas)

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Museum Tower
Museum Tower.jpg
Museum Tower while still under-construction in February 2012
General information
TypeResidential condominiums
Location1918 North Olive Street
Dallas, Texas
Coordinates32°47′22″N 96°48′01″W / 32.789386°N 96.800248°W / 32.789386; -96.800248Coordinates: 32°47′22″N 96°48′01″W / 32.789386°N 96.800248°W / 32.789386; -96.800248
Construction started2010
CompletedJanuary 2013
CostUS$200 million[1]
Roof560 ft (170 m)
Technical details
Floor count42
Design and construction
ArchitectJohnson Fain Partners
DeveloperDallas Police and Fire Pension System
Other information
Number of unitsOver 100

Museum Tower is a 42-story, 170 m (560 ft) skyscraper in the arts district of Dallas, Texas. Completed in January 2013, the building is the tallest new structure to be built in the city in recent years, and is now the second-tallest all-residential building in Dallas, behind Gables Republic Tower.


Museum Tower is the 15th-tallest structure in Dallas, tied with both the Reunion Tower and Cityplace Center in height. Among all-residential buildings in Dallas it is surpassed in height only by the Republic Center Tower I, with its 184 m (604 ft) spire.[5] However, if measuring by roof height, and thereby excluding the Republic Center Tower I's spire, Museum Tower is taller. It also breaks the record for the highest residence in Dallas, surpassing the 138 m (453 ft) Republic I.[5] The Museum Tower is the 4th-tallest building in Dallas' Arts District, behind Chase Tower, Fountain Place, and the Trammell Crow Center; with Bank Of America Plaza being the tallest building in Dallas.


Museum Tower was designed by architect Scott Johnson, a member of the Los Angeles-based Johnson Fain architectural firm.[6] Originally proposed as a 20-story tower, the height was significantly increased to accommodate more residences. The glass-clad tower features an elliptical floorplan.[7]

Location and features[edit]

Situated in the center of the Arts District, Museum Tower is located adjacent to the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre.[8] The building consists of 115 residential condominiums, ranging from 1,650 to 8,700 square feet (153 to 808 m2) in area.[9] Each condominium will feature direct-access elevators and private balconies.

The Museum Tower's large site features a second story-level outdoor pool and public gardens.[10] The structure is adjacent to Klyde Warren Park and a performance park, which feature public fountains and a movie pavilion.


Originally proposed on June 15, 2007, developers released a tentative groundbreaking date of late 2007, but the 2008 recession put plans on hold until 2010.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal on June 15, 2010, developers had secured financing through the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System to move ahead with Museum Tower. A subsequent review of the Pension System's meeting minutes indicates that the pension fund is the owner of the entire project.

The project broke ground on Thursday, June 24, 2010. The building was completed in January 2013.

Conflict with the Nasher[edit]

A sign posted in the sculpture garden of the Nasher states that "Because a clear view of the sky from the interior of Tending (Blue) is now obstructed by the Museum Tower, the artist, James Turrell, has declared the work destroyed."

The Museum Tower's glass has reflected an undesirable glare into the nearby Nasher Sculpture Center, whose architect Renzo Piano had specifically designed its roof to direct appropriate indirect sunlight into the galleries, based on the arc of the sun across the sky.[11] Artist James Turrell considers his work Tending (Blue) to be effectively destroyed by the glare, and the museum has closed the interior of the sculpture to the public at his request.[11] Peter Walker, the landscape architect who designed the Nasher's sculpture garden, has characterized the glare as "an attack on the garden and on the building and on the art."[12] In August 2015, Museum Tower's owners declared that they would no longer consider responsibility for the glare created by the tower, citing the expense and logistical difficulties of proposed solutions.[13][14]

In popular culture[edit]

Exterior and interior location shoots were used in Dallas (the 2012 revived series) as the residence of the fictional character Pamela Rebecca Barnes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2008-12-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Museum Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ Museum Tower at Emporis
  4. ^ "Museum Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ a b "Republic Center Tower I". SkyscraperPage. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Museum Tower: The Team". Museum Tower. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  7. ^ "Museum Tower: Tower". Museum Tower. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  8. ^ "Museum Tower: Location". Museum Tower. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  9. ^ "Museum Tower: Residences". Museum Tower. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  10. ^ "Museum Tower: Gardens & Parks". Museum Tower. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  11. ^ a b Pogrebin, Robin (2012-05-01). "Dallas Museum Simmers in a Neighbor's Glare". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  12. ^ Charles A. Birnbaum (25 November 2012). "Museum Tower is an "attack" on the Nasher Sculpture Center's garden, building and art". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Museum Tower's owners wash hands of glare dispute with Nasher". Dallas News. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  14. ^ Granberry, Michael (2016-09-26). "Fights, fantasy fixes and the FBI: Museum Tower and Nasher still at odds over glare after five years". Dallas News. Retrieved 2020-05-02.

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