More on the Statler's Shroud, or: That Veil Will Really Tie the Room Together
"DowntownDallas contacted us and asked if we'd help out with the process," Howard says. "There are a lot of architects who are passionate about the building, myself included, and Preservation Dallas and Marcel Quimby and even Willis Winters. We also wanted to be sensitive to what's being asked of the AIA."
"We need to be sensitive to the fact we have a new downtown park opening and pick up on those initiative," he says. "The city is making an effort to open up some downtown parks to kind of bring people downtown, and I think you have to admit that along that frontage there, you could do some nice complimentary design. You can do a nice screen that compliments the building, that ties it in with the park and that may honestly open more people's eyes to the possibility of the Statler. Just the publicity raises awareness.
"There are a lot of talented designers in this town, and I think we're going to be pleasant surprised with some of the solutions presented. We'll leave it up to the public to judge, but I don't think with the talent in this town there will be something erected that will be hideous, an eyesore."
Incidentally, Howard also points out that the Communities by Design committee handling this Statler shroud is also in the process of putting together podcasts, "so you can take walking tours of downtown architecture. And it's not just limited to downtown. We may expand to certain neighborhoods."