Monday, October 20, 2014

H.L. Hunt statue is making the move to Uptown along with his family’s oil business

Oilman H.L. Hunt's statue has been in the lobby of Thanksgiving Tower for more than 30 years. (Steve Brown)
In the last 30 years if you’ve walked through the groundfloor of downtown Dallas Thanksgiving Tower, then you’ve been under the gaze of an imposing bronze statue on the north side of the lobby.
It’s a likeness of legendary Texas oilman H.L. Hunt, whose family’s oil and gas business has been based in Thanksgiving Tower since the building opened in 1982.
Late this year Petro-Hunt LLC will pack up its operations and relocate to the Rosewood Court building in Uptown.
And the lobby of the Thanksgiving Tower will soon be gutted as part of $18 million in upgrades to the Elm Street skyscraper.
The pending move and remodeling made me wonder what was going to happen to that steely-eyed statue of H.L.
What better person to tell me than his son, Dallas businessman William Herbert Hunt.
“He’s going with us,” Hunt promises.
Petro-Hunt is moving to about 60,000 square feet of office space on one huge floor at Rosewood Court on Cedar Springs Road.
And the statue of H.L. will be located at the new office, Hunt said.
“I don’t know if he will go in the building lobby  or our office lobby, but we’ll find a place for him,” Hunt said. “We are not going to put him out on the ranch with the birds.”
The bronze likeness of the famous Texas oil wildcatter is two and a half times in size.
It’s one of two identical statues. The other one is in the East Texas oil museum in Kilgore College.
“When it was made they made two copies,” Hunt said.