Intro

Old Parkland Hospital was founded in 1894, at a time when Dallas was a nascent city whose potential had yet to be understood, let alone realized. In the ensuing decades, Dallas began to grow not only in population but in influence.

By 1913, the original wooden structure had been deemed inadequate for the medical needs of the community, and a gleaming new building was opened, immediately becoming the most modern medical facility in the region. At a time when Dallas was beginning to gain its legs, Parkland Hospital became an important symbol of progress and a harbinger for the future.

Old Parkland remained a vital cog in the community through two World Wars, serving as a teaching hospital and innovator in medical technology while tending to the numerous war veterans who returned home to Dallas. Although the hospital moved to a new location in the latter half of the 20th century, the building remained in use for a variety of city and county services.

However, by the turn of a new century, its utility had long passed and its once gleaming visage had become a relic of the past. Dallas continued to thrive, with great visionaries driving a hopeful future. New construction dotted the city, and the timing was ripe for the return of an old icon.

When the beautiful restoration was completed in 2008, what had previously been just echoes of the building’s original luster would now be brought to stunning life. But the restoration did not stop at aesthetics. Old Parkland’s rich history of innovation and education, its central place in the community, would be carried forward by those who work within its walls. Boasting a membership of the finest business and civic minds in the city, Old Parkland has reclaimed its place as a vital part of the future of Dallas, just as it was to the past.

Far Left

Doctors and nurses pose in front of Dallas’ new hospital in 1913

Top Right

Nursing Students during World War II

Bottom Right

The new rear addition on the back of the Old Main building

History

Originally a teaching hospital, Old Parkland always had a unique connection with those who worked inside. The passion, dedication, and determination of these people still echo in the walls of the buildings, inspiring those who now walk their halls and landscaped gardens.

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1894

ORIGINAL HOSPITAL
OPENS IN DALLAS

Pavilion style frame hospital buildings opened on former city park site at Maple Avenue and Oak Lawn Avenue.

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1913

PARKLAND HOSPITAL OPENED

The gleaming new building immediately became the most modern medical facility in the region.

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1922

NURSES QUARTERS CONSTRUCTED

The dormitory promoted strong bonds between the nurses, who even produced annual yearbooks to chronicle times.

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1954

NEW PARKLAND
HOSPITAL OPENED

Old Parkland converted to care for tuberculosis victims, psychiatric and chronic care cases, formerly treated at Woodlawn Hospital.

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1996

PLAN FOR REDEVELOPMENT

Dallas County Hospital District repurchased the then empty facility with plans for redevelopment.

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2006

CROW HOLDINGS RENOVATED OLD PARKLAND

Crow Holdings announced it would renovate Old Parkland as its corporate headquarters.

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2009

SEAMLESS TRANSITION
FROM OLD TO NEW

Nurses Quarters and Woodlawn Hall completed and opened.

2012

2012

BUILDING ON THE PAST

Construction of the West Campus expansion begins.

2015

2015

WEST CAMPUS EXPANSION COMPLETE

Tenants begin occupying Parkland Hall, Oak Lawn Hall and Commonwealth Hall.

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1911

MENINGITIS CREATED A NEED

Meningitis epidemic lead to decision to raze original buildings and to construct a new hospital with up-to-date services and equipment.

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1921

HOSPITAL EXPANSION

Two northern wings and a matching southern wing were completed.

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1936-38

EXPANSION AND NEW
WING ADDED

Bond issue passed and federal Public Works Administration funds enlarge existing wings and to build new four-story wing. Power plant built.

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1987

DESIGNATED DALLAS
HISTORIC LANDMARK

Original Old Parkland Building is designated as Dallas Historic Landmark.

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2005

OLD PARKLAND FOR SALE

After a period of disuse, Dallas County let a contract for the sale of Parkland Hospital for redevelopment.

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2008

CROW HOLDINGS MOVED
TO OLD PARKLAND

Crow Holdings occupied hospital building.

2010

2011

A NEW ADDITION

Construction of Reagan Place completed.

2014

2014

HONORING AMERICAN IDEALS

Installation of The American Experiment begins.

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Geography

The Old Parkland campus is more than just a space. It is a living, breathing community. Beyond the individual trees, buildings and people, what gives the campus its unique atmosphere is the way that these elements intermingle, how they occupy their physical space and contribute to a greater whole.

This space was designed to be a sanctuary in the midst of urban chaos, a place where peaceful landscapes intersect productive workspaces. To walk the campus and its landscaped gardens is to understand its vision: to act as a place of restorative energy, transforming the city from the inside out.

Site Map

Porches

Porches

Porches can be found in all of the buildings, providing an area to relax and overlook the campus.

Tavern & Terrace

Tavern & Patio

A great way to end a stressful day is to meet co-workers at the tavern or outside on the patio.

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplace

Built from massive imported stones, the fireplace is a perfect place to unwind or have a casual meeting.

Pecan Room

Pecan Room

A stunning two-story event space, with rich dark woods and a massive fireplace in the Nurses Quarters.

Nature Walk

Nature Walk

A trail winds around the campus, through the lush green that lines the area. The best way to recharge during a long day.

Sculpture Gard

Sculpture Garden

Dozens of sculptures dot the campus, including The American Experiment.

Aesthetics

Beauty can take many forms, from the striking order of geometry to the breathtaking chaos of nature. When varying forms can function in harmony, the beauty of individual elements gives way to a stunning synergy.

The Old Parkland campus represents a study in these aesthetics, allowing for art and architecture, the logical and creative expressions of man, to commingle with the natural beauty of trees, flowers, and open skies.

Art
art
Architecture
Porches

Welcome to the New Old Parkland

During the restoration process the front of the
original structure was restored to its original luster.

Porches

DRAMATIC MODERN CURTAIN WALL

One of the most prominent features of the Old Parkland
restoration is the seamless transition from old to new.

Porches

Colonial Revival Design

All terra cotta had to be removed, repaired, and reattached.

Arbor
Porches

Porches

Porches

Porches