Monday, August 07, 2006

Magnolia/Mobil Oil Building Downtown

This photo was taken from the corner of Field and Commerce streets looking up the eastbound one-way Commerce. This street is sorta the southern boundary of Skyscrapers downtown. The red brick building is the Magnolia Oil building. Magnolia Oil was headquartered in Dallas until they merged with Vacuum and Socony Oil Companies and became Mobil Oil.

Atop the roof you can just make out the red Pegasus which is the symbol of Mobil and, by extension, a symbol of Dallas. This sign may be seen downtown for miles at night, as it is illuminated with intense red neon. Beautiful.


Blogger nongirlfriend said...

My dad said that the Pegasus was the first thing he saw when he first came to Dallas many, many years ago. It was the tallest building back then.

7:25 AM  
Blogger northern_nomad said...

". .. by extension, the symbol of Dallas": yes, I think that the attempt to stamp some kind of authority on the entire area is a really interesting aspect of downtown signage. I imagine that this is one of the first things that people see when driving into this part of the city. Love the blog...

7:58 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

nongirlfriend It's so cool - you can see it for miles and miles at night.

northern_nomad - Great observation, and you are correct - Pegasus is the sentinel that oversees the major thoroughfares that pass by downtown, particularly Interstate highway 30

4:45 AM  

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