No expense was spared in creating one of the most remarkable buildings of its time. Engineering feats such as a column-free lobby expanse are extravagances that would not be replicated today. In order to create the unobstructed lobby, upper floors had to be hung from above. The lobby was finished with exquisite marble, inlaid wood and 3,000 square feet of pure gold leaf.
In 1964, a 50-story tower was added to the complex. In 1980 an eight-story building connecting the two towers was completed.
By today’s standards, Republic Center is over-engineered. In fact, most of the specifications were double the legal requirement. Enough structural steel was used to lay more than 65 miles of railroad tracks, and the blueprints weighed more than three-and-a-half tons. Innovations such as underground drive-through banking and valet parking were incorporated within the building. Elevators sped at a phenomenal rate of 1,400 feet a minute, which makes them among the fastest in the nation even now.
Republic National Bank symbolized an optimistic view of the future and helped make Dallas a financial center for the Southwest. The restored Republic Center will lead Dallas into the 21st century while reminding future generations of the spirit and commitment that made our city great.