About Elm Place
Elm Place, formerly First National Bank Tower, is a skyscraper located in the Main Street District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA) and adjacent to DART's Akard Station. The high-rise is 625 feet (191 m) and 52 stories tall, making it the tenth tallest building in Dallas. In January 2010 the building was closed due to low occupancy rates. The $35 million skyscraper was designed for the First National Bank of Dallas by architects George Dahl and Thomas E. Stanly, built to replace First National's home on Main Street. It originally was proposed to be 96 feet (29 m) higher, but was scaled back after determining it would be a hazard to flights leaving Dallas Love Field. By choosing a site with lower elevation, the tower, even with a modified height, was still taller than rival bank's Republic Center. The 2 acre block of land previously contained First National's motor bank, which was demolished for the new structure. The exterior, featuring a dark and light contrasting theme, was clad in more than eight acres of dark gray glass and white marble imported from Greece. The building's construction began in 1961 and used more than 25,000 tons of steel.