Some of Dallas’ best art is hidden in plain sight.
The best place to take in this Beaux Arts behemoth is from Jackson Street, one block away. From there it’s easier to see the building’s Gilded Age touches: a mansard roof, two-story windows, and spires. Then step onto Commerce Street and peer up to the second and third floors, where you’ll be greeted by Mercury, Ceres, Apollo, and Terpsichore. 1321 Commerce St.
Jos. A. Bank
It’s not the Jos. A. Bank we’re interested in. It’s the stained glass above the front door, depicting Thor raining electricity down on humanity. That seems like an odd choice, until you remember that the building used to house the Dallas Power and Light Company. The window is best viewed from the inside so sunlight can illuminate the beautiful colors. 1508 Commerce St.
Old Federal Reserve Bank Building
Tucked away off downtown’s main drags, this Neoclassical building, which became a data center in 1999, features some of the city’s first attempts to incorporate Southwestern themes into design. Above the entry (facing Akard Street), you’ll be greeted by carved limestone eagles, cornucopias, and berobed Greeks. 400 S. Akard St.