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Nestled just north of downtown Dallas is one of the country’s best-kept secrets: the nation’s largest contiguous urban arts district. Spread over 20 square blocks and encompassing 68 acres, the walkable neighborhood hub of creativity features art for all the senses with award-winning museums, performing arts venues, trendy eateries, and a lively bar scene.
Beneath the city’s most famous skyline is a world of opportunity. By day, it’s an innovative business center with bustling professionals rushing between power lunches and meetings. However, once the sun goes down, the urban epicenter comes alive with cosmopolitan choices and an energy that is truly electric.
Built by the innovative Trammell Crow, the Trammell Crow Center anchors the Arts District with a beloved 1980s structure home to many local, national, and global businesses. Trammell Crow was a trailblazer and visionary for the downtown Dallas area. By bringing office space into a thriving arts district, he connected professionals to the fine arts for an unprecedented business experience. Crow is credited with bringing a new life to a historic Dallas neighborhood and initiating a revitalization of the area that continues today.
Aerial View of the Dallas Arts District
The Dallas Arts District is home to more than 31 restaurants, eight art galleries and performance venues, nine food trucks, and of course the sprawling and iconic Klyde Warren Park, built over a stretch of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The synergy within the boundaries of the Arts District shows no signs of slowing down.
The Dallas Arts District is a neighborhood rich in history, its development beginning more than three decades ago, as a vision of Dallas’ civic and cultural leaders, namely Trammell and Margaret Crow.
The Trammell Crow Center has bragging rights of being the sixth tallest building in Dallas, but perhaps more impressive is what lies on the ground floor. At its base, Trammell Crow Center is surrounded by the Crow Collection of Asian Art Sculpture Garden, featuring magnificent works of historical and contemporary sculptures.
Nasher Sculpture Center
Additionally, the Arts District draws on the more recent art development by The Nasher Sculpture Center. The opening of The Nasher in 2003 sparked more than $1 billion in investments for construction of new cultural and commercial properties.
Now, as the cornerstone and catalyst for creative vitality in the region, the Arts District is home to Dallas’ leading visual and performing arts institutions, whose range and depth make it a destination for the arts that is unparalleled.
With a vibrant culture and upcoming renovations, the Dallas Arts District is shaping the downtown area into a walkable cultural center that adopts the new urbanist mindset and infrastructure. From street-level improvements to luxury living additions, the Arts District will frame downtown’s urbanization efforts. Urban planning will create a pedestrian-friendly and nightlife culture, built to thrive from day to night. From Klyde Warren days to Nasher nights, and fine dining to food trucks — the Arts District is the new destination for experiencing Dallas.
You may be a Dallas-native, frequenting the happy hour specials and networking events around town. But do you really know the Dallas districts? If you care to find out more about the Dallas Arts District, follow the link to expore the neighborhood.