The UNT College of Law is a renovation of the former Titche-Goettinger department store in downtown Dallas to house the first public law school in Dallas. Building improvements include façade renovations, HVAC upgrades, structural upgrades and the interior finish-out of several floors. The project includes a 50,000-volume law library, Moot Court for court room trial simulations, and multiple flexible classrooms and student collaboration spaces. Additionally, the UNT System Administrative Offices with Chancellor’s office and Board of Regents meeting room occupy the top floor of the renovation.
One significant improvement consisted of updating the monolithic building façade with two expansive curtain walls spanning five floors and totaling 12,800 square feet. Working closely with the City’s Landmark Commission, the design preserves the monolithic nature of the historic structure, while opening new views of the adjacent city park – Main Street gardens – and downtown skyline. This innovative reuse effort promotes a healthy learning and work environment, increasing the value of the space.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is part of the Harwood Historic District and Main Street District. By creating opportunities for higher education, stimulating demand for downtown housing, and showcasing Main Street Gardens, this renovation is a win-win for both the past and the future of Dallas.