A Grandfather's Stash Reveals the Dallas That Was and Might Have Been

Yesterday, I came across a Flickr page maintained by Justin Cozart, who's been uploading in recent days photos of a Dallas that no longer exists -- as you can tell by the photo of the Baker Hotel above, taken as it was being imploded in June 1980. But not all of Cozart's photos are of long-gone structures: Among his treasures are conceptual renderings for downtown skyscrapers planned but never built, including fascinating what-ifs sketched out by the likes of I.M. Pei and even Frank Lloyd Wright.

When contacted by Unfair Park, Cozart, a fifth-generation Dallasite who works for Mapsco, wrote that the photos and drawings came out of a "big mysterious box that my grandfather had." His reason for sorting through and posting the pictures? Dallas, he says, has "always been a place that has been fairly important to me. Even if it is soulless and corporate, it's my soulless and corporate. I thought it would be fun to post stuff that not a lot of people get to see. It turns out all history books stop after [World War II], you know?" And he promises there's much, much more to come: "I still have, like, eight boxes ... to sort through!" We'll gladly help. --Robert Wilonsky

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >