Architecture and Design

Responses to the ‘Leaning Tower of Dallas’ Meme Include Petition for World Heritage Site Status

Calvin Booker doing the city a great service by holding up an imploding building.
Calvin Booker doing the city a great service by holding up an imploding building. Calvin Booker

On Sunday, an 11-story tower off Haskell Avenue was the subject of a failed demolition implosion, and as a result, it inadvertently became a new landmark and internet sensation colloquially referred to as the “Leaning Tower of Dallas.”

On Monday, one of the below pictures of a Samoyed dog posed alongside the tower became viral on the Dallas subreddit:
And as you can imagine, others are using the power of forced perspective to make that generic Herculean pose, which has become commonly associated with the OG tilted structure, Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa:
Yesterday, a user by the name of Jimbob Dallas started a petition to make the building a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, and has obtained 262 signatures as of writing. If the status is granted, the building would be protected by international treaties and rendered eligible for financial and administrative assistance from the U.N.’s World Heritage Committee.

However, the firm responsible for the demolition, Lloyd B. Nabors Demolition, said what remains of the Affiliated Computer Services building could be demolished for good as early as this week. The initial implosion was scheduled and carried out Monday morning at 7:45 a.m., but a portion of the building that held the stairwell and elevator shafts endured.

Watch the video of the failed demolition below:
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Garrett Gravley was born and grew up in Dallas. He mostly writes about music, but veers into arts and culture, local news and politics. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has written for the Dallas Observer since October 2018.