Fountain Place is a dramatic and beautiful architectural structure in the middle of Dallas. It is a 1.2 million-square-foot office tower that is over 70 stories tall or approximately 720-feet high. The magnificent tower sits in the middle of a tree-lined water garden at Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas. The building is called Fountain Place because the tower rises in the midst of pools, fountains, and lush landscaping. There are exactly 172 bubbler fountains in the pools that surround the building and 360 fountainheads can be found in the Central Court Fountain. The fountains are surrounded by Bald Cypress trees which create an oasis in the area. The lobby of the Fountain Place is just as sleek and sophisticated as the exterior of the building. Stunning green marble and brass insets decorate the exquisite lobby.
The building is made of green reflective glass and looks like an oddly shaped emerald that is growing mysteriously from the ground. Among the other glass buildings located in downtown Dallas, Fountain Place stands out. Fountain Place is a symbol of superior architecture. There were original plans to develop a second twin tower next to the Fountain Place, but the plans never came to fruition.
I.M. Pei who is famous for building some of Texas' most prestigious architectural monuments like the Dallas City Hall and Energy Plaza also designed the Fountain Plaza. He designed the building with the help of an award winning landscape architect named Dan Kiley. Fountain Place is the fifth tallest skyscraper in Dallas and the fifteenth tallest building in the state of Texas.
There are a variety of restaurants located in the large multi-faceted prism. Places like Au Bon Pain, The Fountain Cafe, Happy House Deli, and the Avanti Restaurant can all be found at the base of the building. Avanti Fountain Place is popular for the Mediterranean cuisine that it serves. Deluxe entrees like the Farfalle Carbonara and Fettucini Avanti are popular dishes served at the Avanti Fountain Place. The menu has moderate prices, and was rated in the Zagat as a four star restaurant. The Wall Street Journal rated Avanti Fountain Place as one of the top restaurants in the world and gave high markings to the restaurant for its steak, seafood, and live music.
There are other facilities located in Fountain Place that add a touch of convenience to the structure. Wells Fargo bank, Gateway Newsstand, Fountain Place Cleaners and a Car Wash are within reach on the first five floors of the tower. The Dallas YMCA and Fairmont Hotel are located directly across the street.
Fountain Place is constantly frequented by couples who are searching for a romantic experience. The waterfalls and quiet moments create a romantic atmosphere towards the end of the evening. The restaurants located at Fountain Place add an additional bonus to couples looking for an evening out at a beautiful area of downtown Dallas. On-site parking is available at the building and located at a three-level underground garage. Additional parking is located directly behind the building.