Ahe iconic Dallas landmark just received a $12 million facelift. One of Dallas’ most enduring wonders, The Crescent was originally created by legendary architect Philip Johnson and the vision of his patron Caroline Rose Hunt.
Rose Hunt, heiress and hotelier, died in 2018, leaving behind a remarkable legacy. Including his Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and his Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Crescent. Both brought European architecture, food and shopping to Dallas.
The success of The Crescent, which grew from a downtown parking lot when it opened in 1986, led to the rebirth of the neighborhood around it and ultimately the Uptown Dallas we know today. That’s the vision.
Johnson left a lasting mark throughout Dallas, also designing the Beck House, the Kennedy Memorial, Thanksgiving Square, and the Cathedral of Hope. His design for The Crescent is reminiscent of the Louvre in Paris – with its striking mansard roofs, arched porticoes, limestone facade and hidden interior courtyards.
The most recent renovations and multimillion-dollar investment come after Crescent Real Estate, through its GP Invitation Fund II, repurchased the mixed-use development for the third time in March 2021 in a sale of nearly $700 million.
Now, the entire first floor of the office towers has been updated.
“Every surface on the first floor, except for the timeless marble, has been replaced or upgraded,” notes a statement from Crescent Real Estate. “Upgrades include rejuvenating lobbies and common areas with lighting, new and additional furniture, commissioned artwork by renowned artists, and improved hallways and multi-tenant restrooms, as well as a new 12,000 square foot state of the art. Fitness Center.”
“The Crescent experience begins at our doorstep,” says John Zogg, Managing Director of Crescent Real Estate. “As our guests continue to return to the workplace, now is the perfect time to make changes and add amenities to reflect the desires of those who work and visit The Crescent.”
Gone are the original mosaic ceilings. They have been raised and replaced with painted surfaces and modern lighting, which includes upgraded pendant lights, LED lighting coves, directional lighting and floor-to-ceiling lighting panels at all corners of each hall. . The space is now bright and airy.
Visitors and tenants will also notice new floors, wall coverings and doors. The elevators had tile and brass inlays installed on the floor and mirrors placed on their back wall.
The fitness center renovation is one of the showcases of the Crescent’s $12 million renovation. A sleek new design brings floor-to-ceiling windows and large open spaces, with wooden ceilings and marble surfaces. The finishing touches are still being put on the fitness center, which should be finished soon.
The art of the Crescent
The Crescent has always been home to beautiful works of art. But the upgraded halls now feature new original artwork by several nationally renowned artists. These commissions were acquired with the help of John Runyon of Dallas-based Runyon Arts, who was in tune with the artistic goal and brought some amazing artists to the project. The Crescent’s new roster of artists includes:
Artist ― Brie Ruais
Title – West and East Compression, Six Times 135 Pounds, 2020
Ruais creates human scale works of abstract ceramic sculpture and this work can be seen in the 100 North Lobby.
Artist ― Landon Metz
Title – Untitled2022
By pouring diluted dye onto the surface of the canvas, Metz creates a language of abstraction. His work can be seen at 200 North Lobby.
Artist ― Matt Kleberg
Title – Some curtains (Cascade), 2022
Kleberg is originally from Fort Worth. His paintings incorporate architectural elements through boldly abstract forms of facades and arcaded niches. Some curtains is located in Hall 300 North.
Artist ― Saif Azzuz
Entitled – Untitled2022
Libyan Yurok artist Saif Azzuz uses a series of personal gestural marks and iconography drawn from the traditions and native land of his peoples. His work is installed at 200 South Lobby of the Crescent.
Artist ― Tom Faulkner
Title ― Table base
A new table base was manufactured by Faulkner of Wiltshire in the UK. The base of the table was made by hand in his workshop. It is located in Concourse 200 South.
Original art commissioned by the Crescent in 1986 also remains prominently displayed. He understands:
Artist ― Brad Goldberg
Title ― concrete platforms and columns
Goldberg graduated in sculpture and landscape architecture. Its concrete platforms and columns are in Halls 100 and 300 North
Artist ― Paolo Borghi
Title – Statue of Apollo and Daphne
Paolo Borghi takes up the Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne in his statue located in hall 200 South.
Artist ― Miley Busiek, who later became Miley Frost
Title – The dream is transmitteddedicated October 22, 1989
The outdoor bronze sculpture of a family dressed in Victorian clothing, including hats, bonnets and breeches, is on the corner of McKinney Avenue and Pear Street.
Not to be outdone, The Crescent Estate is also home to the Crescent Court Hotel and Spa, as well as 11 fine-dining and casual restaurants. These include The Capital Grille, Sixty Vines, Moxie’s Grill & Bar, Nobu, The Crescent Club, The Conservatory, Ascension, East Hampton, Shake Shack, Starbucks and Everbowl.
Stores include Loro Lino, which makes luxurious linens, and the highly exclusive Stanley Korshak, which has taken service and selection to a whole new level since Rose Hunt opened it in the courtyard of the Crescent in 1986. Good news for loyal fans, Stanley Korshak recently renewed his lease for another 15 years in June.
The Crescent’s jewelry box setting continues to shine.