Saturday, April 07, 2007


Infomart.

Not the best shot, but it's hard to get a good shot from the major roadways that surround it which are all very heavy-traffic. This building is bigger than it looks, and is located at the Northeast quadrant of where I-35 crosses over Oak Lawn. This building is meant to look like a giant steam riverboat, or so I imagine. I wonder if any Rhett Butler-types office there?


I stand corrected: Here is the skinny on Infomart which matt g posted in comments:

Matt G said...
Nope. Not like a steamboat, but rather like the Crystal Palace of the 1851 Great Exposition. The Great Exposition was basically the original World's Fair, and they wanted to hold it in Hyde Park in London. Problem was, the exhibition hall that they were to put it into was too big, and they were going to have to clear trees-- a violation of London law in Hyde park. So they did something that was unheard of at the time-- they built a huge glass building. The Dallas Infomart is a 1.75 million square foot building that specializes in hosting information technology businesses like MCI/WorlCom and others. They have sever main communications hubs, and huge amounts of backup cooling and electrical backup onsite. It sits on 40 acres, and has an 80-something-foot high atrium inside. I was a security supervisor for their night shift for over a year, before doing the cop gig.

Well done, matt, and thanks!

4 Comments:

Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

That's.... BIG!

11:57 PM  
Blogger Matt G said...

Nope. Not like a steamboat, but rather like the Crystal Palace of the 1851 Great Exposition. The Great Exposition was basically the original World's Fair, and they wanted to hold it in Hyde Park in London. Problem was, the exhibition hall that they were to put it into was too big, and they were going to have to clear trees-- a violation of London law in Hyde park. So they did something that was unheard of at the time-- they built a huge glass building.

The Dallas Infomart is a 1.75 million square foot building that specializes in hosting information technology businesses like MCI/WorlCom and others. They have sever main communications hubs, and huge amounts of backup cooling and electrical backup onsite. It sits on 40 acres, and has an 80-something-foot high atrium inside.

I was a security supervisor for their night shift for over a year, before doing the cop gig.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Fathairybastard said...

Yep. Thing is,the British Chrystal Palace burned down later, but the New York Chrystal Palace (built in about 1853, we were playing catch-up) is still there. It's just down the way from Market Hall, where I always go to gun shows.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Carla Dallas said...

Another interesting side note, the Crystal Palace was the pet project of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, and that's why it was even allowed to be built in the first place.

11:03 PM  

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