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Location DB > United States > Texas > Dallas > Dallas Grand Parking Garage / Gold Ring Garage
Dallas Grand Parking Garage / Gold Ring Garage
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created by coffinnail on 6/13/2005 12:02 AM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 3/15/2017 3:31 AM
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Normal 1950s urban parking garage, with a very interesting "gold" (painted aluminum) ring facad - which is quickly disappearing.

Police are stepping up patrols in the area - and the Dallas Grand Hotel, along with the Mercantile, are all on the same corner, so all 3 sites will be a lot riskier now. Efforts to secure the garage and keep it that way have also been stepped up because of the theft of rings.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: - select -
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information
Commerce Street, Downtown
Dallas, Texas
United States
Owner: Dallas Park and Recreation Department
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    unusually low cielings, nice views, manlift, 50's style anodized aluminum trim outside. seen over and over in "robocop"
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • razor wire
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
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    built for the luxurious grand hotel (statler hilton) across the street.
     Media Coverage
    This was in the July 16, 2005 edition of the Dallas Morning News.


    Bands on the run
    Gold rings disappearing from abandoned downtown garage
    09:16 PM CDT on Friday, July 15, 2005
    By DAVID FLICK / The Dallas Morning News
    City officials intend to dismantle the old Gold Ring Garage downtown, but, in the meantime, some people have been beating them to it.
    MICHAEL AINSWORTH/DMN Dallas police Detective Eric Keller inspects some of the decorative rings at the Gold Ring Garage in downtown Dallas. Several people have been arrested trying to steal the rings.
    The Dallas Park and Recreation Department had been formulating a plan to sell the distinctive, gold-colored aluminum rings that adorn the facade of the garage and use the proceeds to raise money for a new urban park. But the rings began disappearing.
    Michael Hellmann, the park planner who oversees the property, said officials initially believed that the rings could have simply been falling off the dilapidated structure.
    On the other hand ...
    "I was driving through East Dallas and I saw a guy who looked homeless, rolling one of them down Live Oak," he said.
    Within a few weeks, more than 200 of the rings were gone.
    Mr. Hellmann's suspicions were confirmed this week when he learned that police had arrested several people trying to remove them.
    "For six or seven weeks, we were seeing these rings show up at these scrap places and we couldn't figure out where they were coming from," said Dallas police Sgt. W.B. Wilson.
    Police have ordered the scrap companies not to resell the rings until park officials can recover them. Park officials said they weren't sure what the rings are worth.
    The park department recently purchased the garage, across from the abandoned Statler Hilton Hotel, to make room for Main Street Gardens, the first of a series of new urban parks.
    To officials' surprise, people began asking whether they could have the gold rings.
    "We started getting calls from people interested in the rings," Mr. Hellmann said. "One person said they wanted to build a fence, someone wanted to do public art, and some wouldn't say why they wanted them."
    City officials came up with the idea of selling or auctioning off the rings to raise money for the park. Officials are in the process of determining whether such a plan would violate any prohibitions against selling city property.
    Mr. Hellmann said the department sealed the building to make future theft more difficult. With mixed success.
    "Somebody broke in again last night," he said Friday.
     Future Plans
    To be demolished and replaced with a new urban park.

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    Mon, Jun 13th, 2005
    posted by coffinnail
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    Tue, Jul 24th, 2007
    posted by scotteeyo
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     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 15 17 at 3:31, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Mar 15 17 at 3:31, Explorer Zero changed the following: Notes for Mods, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Status, Accessibility
  • on Jul 31 07 at 2:49, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 24 07 at 20:35, scotteeyo changed the following: Status
  • on Jul 24 07 at 20:35, scotteeyo updated gallery Demolition
  • on Jul 24 07 at 20:33, scotteeyo updated gallery picture demo2
  • on Jul 24 07 at 20:33, scotteeyo updated gallery picture demo1
  • on Jul 24 07 at 20:32, scotteeyo added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 24 07 at 20:30, scotteeyo created a new gallery
  • on Aug 1 05 at 22:22, coffinnail changed the main information
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