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The thoroughly modern high-rise will sit just two blocks from Victory Park’s centerpiece sports arena, which looks like something plucked out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Arena planners back in the late 1990s turned their noses up at modern designs offered by acclaimed architects Murphy/Jahn and Kohn Pedersen Fox in favor of the AA Center’s folksy style.
If Dallas’ sports fans were expecting a Ferrari of an arena, well, they got a DeSoto instead.
Longtime Dallas Morning News architectural critic David Dillon described the AAC design by David Schwarz as “kitsch.”
The American Airlines Center is considered "nostalgic" architecture. (DMN files)
“Instead of a bold and innovative design for the next century, he presented another piece of lick-and-stick architecture that will make thoughtful observers wonder whether Dallas can even spell ‘millennium’,” Dillon wrote.
When Schwarz was quizzed about why he didn’t chose a more forward looking design, he bristled.
“Since we’re not in the 21st century yet, I’m not sure what a 21st-century building looks like,” he said.
Well, for sure it didn’t look like an aircraft hanger from the 1920s. I’m still asked by out-of-town visitors, “what’s that old building?”