Tax Credit Program Highlight: Corrigan Tower

Dallas, Dallas County



Listed in National Register as part of Dallas Downtown Historic District

Historic Use

Movie theater and offices

Current Use

Apartments and leasable office and retail space

Date Certified

April 4, 2018


Also certified for Federal Historic Tax Credits.

Project Contact

The 1900 Pacific Residences; PetroCorrigan Tower, L.P.; Merriman Anderson Architects


The Corrigan Tower was developed by Dallas real estate tycoon Leo Corrigan after his purchase of the Tower Petroleum Building in 1942. Corrigan hired Fort Worth-architect Wyatt C. Hedrick to design a new structure as a 17-story addition to the adjoining Tower Petroleum. The new building, of modernist design, was constructed around and over an existing movie theater. Above the theater, the new structure was connected to Tower Petroleum on floors 4-14, creating a large two-building office complex.

Rehabilitation Project

The movie theater was removed from the building in 1979, and a multi-story glass storefront was added. Alterations to other spaces had occurred overtime, and the only remaining historic features inside the building were the simple, modernistic elevator lobbies on each floor, which have been retained. This rehabilitation project converted the building into apartments, creating new corridors and apartment units on the upper floors. Units at the northwest corner take advantage of the views offered by the ribbon windows. The former theater space, three-stories in height, has been converted to a valet parking drop-off, with a new entrance in the curtain wall. Original windows were allowed to be replaced due to the extent of deterioration, with new aluminum windows to match. Finally, a community room was built into the rooftop mechanical space, along with a new outdoor pool and deck.

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  • Most of the building had been gutted, but the elevator lobbies remained intact, including the main lobby with marble and granite walls and flooring.