Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Expressing the dignity and stability of Federal government in the language of modern architecture, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas meets the need for a functional and secure operations facility, a flexible interior plan, and an external image of confidence, which is expressed in its spiraling form.

The building is composed of three dominant parts. The first accommodates the banking vaults and is articulated in reference to money processing. The second contains public spaces including staff dining areas, training facilities, and an auditorium. The third comprises office space, including large areas designed for maximum flexibility and smaller spaces for executive functions. This tripartite composition forms the building’s vertical section. The heart of the structure is a courtyard containing a central garden, linking all functions of the building and connecting them into an ensemble, encouraging a sense of community. Spiraling around the garden is a series of masses which gradually ascend to a tower housing the executive functions.

Warm Indiana limestone and grey granite at the base complement the light-reflective glass and aluminum mullion system.  This building satisfies current and anticipated operational needs, as it adapts to the changing demands of a sophisticated economic institution. An integral part of the immediate neighborhood, its distinctive form is likewise symbolic of the bank’s vital role in the larger financial community.


Dallas, TX, USA


Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Sikes Jennings Kelly & Brewer (Architect of Record), John S. Chase (Associate Architect)


Civic + Cultural, Headquarters


97,600 m2 / 1,050,000 ft2


Urban Design Award (City of Dallas 1993), Outstanding Professional Achievement (ASLA Texas 1995), Distinguished Architecture Award (AIA Houston 1992)

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Project Type:Civic + Cultural
Project Location:Americas