Texas’ Oldest Architect Firm Moving to Downtown Dallas

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Welcomes PageSoutherlandPage

Texas’ Oldest Architect Firm Moves to the Historic Mercantile Building

Dallas, Texas.  PageSoutherlandPage will be relocating to Downtown Dallas by the first part of next year. The architectural and engineering company will occupy 34,000 square feet of the former banking hall on the 1st and 2nd floors, including the mezzanine overlooking the 2nd floor of the historic Mercantile Building.

“As the current Texas Society of Architects (TSA) Firm of the Year, PageSoutherlandPage is looking forward to being connected with the city at its roots and be an active part of the rejuvenation of downtown; we are excited to move downtown to an urban environment and create a sustainable office space in a circa 1940’s building that has a rich history in the City of Dallas,” says Mattia J. Flabiano III, AIA, Principal at PageSoutherlandPage. “The move will allow us to design a LEED Gold office space that will be an incubator for new ideas in a collaborative atmosphere.”

“PageSoutherlandPage’s relocation creates a high-profile presence in an iconic property in the heart of Downtown, which is yet another testament to the value of a Downtown address” says John F. Crawford, President & CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. “We are thrilled to welcome an architectural firm of this caliber to the Downtown community.”

“The building is ideal for a company that wants to embrace the history yet transform the space to the contemporary needs of today’s work place,” says Jim Truitt, Vice President of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. “We are very pleased that PageSoutherlandPage saw the potential in the space and will soon join the ever increasing population of tenants and residents in Downtown Dallas.”

“This is a classic adaptive reuse because you have an old bank lobby that’s going to be revitalized by a national architectural firm,” says Matt Heidelbaugh, Senior Director of Cushman & Wakefield of Texas. “PageSoutherlandPage is a great addition to the building and neighborhood.”

Matt Heidelbaugh and Billy Gannon with Cushman and Wakefield represented PageSoutherlandPage; Jack Gosnell with Urban Commercial Realty represented Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

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About PageSoutherlandPage

Founded in 1898 by two brothers in Austin, PageSoutherlandPage is the oldest architectural and interior design practice in Texas and one of the oldest in the United States.  Engineering services were added in 1942, which made PageSoutherlandPage one of the country’s first design firms to provide architectural and engineering services.

PageSoutherlandPage is one of the nation’s most enduring and prolific architecture and engineering practices. The firm has more than 430 employees at offices in Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Washington D.C., Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Doha, Kuwait, and London, providing architecture, interior design, consulting and engineering services.  PageSoutherlandPage is focused on designing healthcare, corporate interiors, science and technology, and public facilities as well as academic and urban housing projects.

PageSoutherlandPage has grown into an award-winning full service architectural and engineering firm that is recognized both nationally and internationally for project delivery and design excellence with over 200 design awards in the last decade.  Most recently, PageSoutherlandPage was awarded the prestigious Texas Society of Architects 2009 Architecture Firm Award. For more information visit www.pspaec.com

About Mercantile Building

Built in 1943, the 31-story iconic skyscraper features Moderne styling from the Art Deco era. It was designed by Walter W. Ahlschlager and christened as the Mercantile Bank Building. The Merc was the only skyscraper completed in the country during World War II. It was once Dallas’ tallest building but sat empty for over a decade before Forest City Enterprises, Inc. took on the challenge of restoration and revitalization. Today, the Merc serves as the cornerstone of the Mercantile Place on Main Street development and has become instrumental in helping establish a vibrant residential presence in downtown.

About Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the principle advocate, champion and steward of Downtown, affecting change by developing strategies, setting targets and mobilizing resources that:

  • Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Create a culturally inclusive urban center
  • Position the area as a global destination

For more information visit www.downtowndallas.org or www.yourDspot.com.

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