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Ambassador (cont. from p. 3)
1981; it was feared that the oldest
luxury hotel in Dallas might be demol-
ished. However, Sadrudin Alani and
several other investors purchased it,
and began returning it to its former
elegance and ambiance. Great Texas
Development acquired the hotel in.
1982, continuing its revitalization.
The Ambassador's main entrance
faces west on Ervay Street, which was'
once the main thoroughfare of the af-
fluent Cedars neighborhood. When
erected in 1904, its architectural style
was a Dallas version of the Sullivan-
esque with a red brick facade. In mass-
ing and overall appearance, it resem-
bled many buildings now in the West
End Historic District-with a limestone
belt course between the ground and
intermediate floors, symmetrical win-
dow bands, limestone spandrels on all
windows, and the decorative frieze
with dentils of the roof. The hotel was
distinguished, however, by the west
facade's almost Georgian gable, Ionic
porch columns, and balustrade roof
ornamentation. A large side porch on
the south facade was torn down in 1930.
When the hotel became the Ambas-
sador in 1932, extensive exterior
changes were made. The locally popu-
lar Spanish Colonial Revival style was
used in many homes and commercial
and public buildings, including the
Highland Park Shopping Village and
Highland Park City Hall. The Ambas-
sador, though, was the only structure
in its area to be influenced by this
white plaster and red tile motif. After
renovation, the hotel included 103
rooms, suites, and apartments. Colonel
Tipps added another elevator shaft in
the 1950s to accommodate the pre-
dominantly elderly clientele. Aside
from that, the exterior has remained
unchanged since 1932.
As the city's oldest luxury hotel, the
Ambassador Park has been in use con-
tinuously since 1905. Although chang-
ing completely in architectural style,
that change was consistent with the
history and life of the hotel and the
image it sought to project. A Texas
State Landmark and a candidate for
the National Register of Historic Places,
the Ambassador Park Hotel is a, visual
landmark for the people of Dallas and
a reminder of their historical and archi-
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THE EPITOME OF ELEGANCE
1312 SOUTH ERVAY
DALLAS, TEXAS 75215
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