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Four decades of creating and conserving the built environment   

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Architexas. What started out as two architects from the City of Dallas Planning Department working in the area of historic preservation and urban design, Architexas has since grown to be one of the premier architecture firms in the state.

Architexas’ passion for the preservation of significant buildings, urban settings and landscapes, as well as the firm’s commitment to high-quality design has been present from the very beginning.  Some of Architexas’ first projects included the redevelopment of historic warehouses in Dallas’ West End, as well as the restoration of the Inwood Theater & Lounge. The firm’s extensive portfolio includes the restoration of significant buildings at Fair Park, the Cathedral Guadalupe restoration, the Joule Hotel and 27 historic county courthouses across the state. Architexas has enjoyed building relationships with many governmental, institutional, and private clients throughout the years.

Most recently Architexas completed the restoration of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. The firm is currently working with the City of Grapevine on a ground-up transit oriented mixed-use development called Grapevine Main.

“It brings me great pride to reflect on the evolution and growth of Architexas over the last four decades,” says Craig Melde, Founding Partner and Senior Principal. “Moving forward, our emphasis will remain on excellence for each of our clients and our mission to create and conserve the built environment.”

Today the partnership includes Craig Melde, David Chase and John Allender in Dallas and Larry Irsik, Stanley Graves and Susan Frocheur in Austin. Architexas continues to expand its ability to provide highly specialized architecture, planning and historic preservation services to their clients.