Statler Hotel In the restoration, the team preserved and restored the characteristics of the historic building.

DALLAS—To say the Statler has been a large part of the city’s history is a huge understatement. The hotel opened in 1956 as a 1001-room hotel, convention center and gathering place for the Who’s Who of the time. The opening celebration drew celebrities and locals for a four-day gala.

As the last hotel built by the famous Statler chain, it was completed for $16 million immediately following the acquisition of the Statler Hotels Company by Hilton Hotels Corporation. It was the largest hotel in the Southwest when it opened and featured the largest convention space in the South at that time. Its largest ballroom could accommodate 2,200 people, according to Historic Hotels.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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