KRLD building about
1962. This picture shows some of the surrounding buildings, almost all of
which were eventually torn down to make way for an assortment of parking lots and
a really big fire station.
Added 01-31-2006: That close-up was taken from
this slightly over-exposed view from the south.
The street sign seems to indicate
this is the intersection of Akard and Royal streets. With a little detective work, I have determined
that the camera was located just east of the Convention Center arena, on Akard Street, just southwest
of the current City Hall location.
This appears to be the view from
the area now known as the "west end". But from which building, I am not sure. Possibly the
Texas School Book Depository.
Looking at the downtown area from
"Then and Now" Comparisons
These two pictures were taken at about the same
location. Notice that the tower isn't painted exactly the same way today, but
the lamp post is still there.
Compare those two photos with
this much older one. Evidently this was the KRLD AM/TV building at 400 North Griffin St. before the radio
station moved in. This shows the southwest corner of the building, looking north. (The
old power plant smokestacks are in the background at the far left.) At this point, the Texas Herald
Cafe is located on the corner. I am guessing that the owners of the Times Herald bought this
building so they could have their radio station across the
street instead of several blocks away at the Adolphus Hotel.
Notice that when this picture was taken, Griffin Street was paved with bricks.
Here is another example. The city is very different today, and the
old buildings haven't moved (except for the ones that were demolished), but they're
harder to see. The photo in the center is a half-dissolve between "then"
Okay, just one more. There is a picture
on this page showing the installation
of the transmitting antenna on the downtown studio building. Here it is compared with the
Elsewhere in Dallas
the SMU campus, a long time ago. I'd say 1960.
Updated 5/13/2006: The view from
The view from
If you like pictures of downtown Dallas, read about my visit
to The 72nd Floor.