Public Green Spaces Focus of Crescent Redevelopment in Dallas

Crescent Dallas

As part of the first major update since its 1986 completion, the iconic Crescent in Dallas will become more open to the city around it. A goal of the $30 million renovation is opening the nearly 11-acre self-contained complex up to the neighborhood, creating a vibrant gathering space for the community and a destination for visitors.

The landscape firm James Burnett of San Diego for the project.

Crescent Redevelopment in Dallas

Designed by Philip Johnson, the Crescent opened as a mixed-use project, but was largely self-contained and appeared isolated from the neighborhood. Thick stone walls and iron grillwork gates projected an exclusive and internally focused business. Activity in the neighborhood has increased significantly in the last 30 years and promoters say the Crescent alterations will focus on creating greater street presence and attracting crowds to its dining and retail outlets.

At the corner of Pearl Street, an old bank drive-through will be removed, and new landscaping, benches, moveable furniture, an event deck and even an activity lawn with game equipment to play bocce ball will be added. The interior Motor Court, which serves as the front door to the office and the hotel, will be reconfigured to limit the amount of the surface parking and provide outdoor spaces to restaurants and retail stores of the complex. Groves of trees, ornamental plantings, water features, and moveable seating will transform the court into a garden-like oasis.

Also. Ascension, the popular coffee house and wine bar that originated in the Dallas Design District, will open its second location in the Crescent this spring.

It all adds up t a better building that is expected to remain the centerpiece of Uptown.

Crescent Redevelopment in Dallas

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