Tax Credit Program Highlight: Oilwell Supply Building

Dallas, Dallas County



Listed in National Register as part of the West End Historic District.

Historic Use

Office and warehouse

Current Use

Leasable office space

Total Rehabilitation Cost


Qualified Rehabilitation Expenses


Date Certified

June 26, 2017


Also seeking federal credits.


The West End is Dallas’ original townsite, and home to some of its oldest buildings. The district is made up largely of Victorian-era structures, many of which originally served as warehouses and manufacturing businesses, evidence of Dallas’ early economy. Many early buildings were designed in the Chicago Commercial Style, which became popular in the area. The Oilwell Supply Building was built in the Chicago style, with elements of Art Deco design. It originally served as offices and warehouse space for the Oilwell Supply Company.

Rehabilitation Project

The Oilwell Supply Building has functioned as leasable office space since the 1980s, with numerous interior renovations. The building’s current owner has applied for tax credits to undertake deferred maintenance and update interior tenant spaces. Work is being undertaken in phases, with two of three phases certified to-date. Exterior work includes cleaning, masonry repair and repointing, and extensive restoration of original windows. Non-historic infill was removed from the rear of the building, and replaced with new, more appropriate infill. New tenant spaces were outfitted on each floor around existing, non-historic elevators and public lobbies. Loft-like spaces, with exposed concrete and HVAC duct, are allowable in this building because of the historic warehouse use, although original plaster over brick was required to be maintained where it remained.

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  • A close-up shot of the buildng's minimal ornamentation. Because the project is being completed in phases, work on the front of the building (in the right side of the photo) has not yet been completed.