The Harlan Building

Dallas, Texas

The Harlan Building in Dallas’ Farmers Market is a local Land-mark Building and sits on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was purchased by Craig Melde in 2002, who then, with Architexas, set about turning the property into a mixed-use, retail/residential development. An intensive process of stabilization, restoration and reconstruction turned back years of neglect and revitalized the only remaining ware-house building from the original farmer’s market district. A portion of the building that had been demolished was reconstructed in a modern vocabulary that references the original construction. The project incorporated many LEED-based design guidelines including high-efficiency HVAC systems site paving that uses salvaged floor slabs from the interior restoration. The resulting project is a building that satisfies the requirements of the National Park Service, Texas Historical Commission, Dallas Landmark Commission, and the Dal-las Farmers Market TIF District. The design is appropriate yet modern, a minimalist insertion within an historic context.