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400 Record A steel framework offers shield and shade at 400 Record (credit: Dror Baldinger of Gensler).

DALLAS—Originally built in the 1980s and formerly known as the Belo Building, the 17-story building at 400 S. Record St. was nearly vacant in an underused area of downtown Dallas. The original tower came along at a time when inwardly focused design was the preferred method of construction.

Like many buildings from this time period, the ground floor divided the public and private realms to protect the occupants of the building from the street. Solid ground-level walls, deserted public spaces and unwelcoming planters created an impermeable edge condition which reinforced the austerity of the building.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. 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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