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Downtown Dallas landmark Fairmont Hotel is getting a redo

The updated exterior will be a nod to the property’s past.

One of downtown Dallas’ landmark hotels is getting a major makeover.

The 545-room Fairmont Hotel on Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas is getting an updated exterior that’s a nod to the property’s past.

The two-tower Fairmont opened in 1969 — the same year Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon.


The buildings were originally planned as a mixed-use project with hotel rooms, apartments and retail. After the development called Cary Plaza started in 1961, the project suffered a financial collapse.

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The half-built towers sat on the city’s skyline for almost four years before Fairmont’s owners, the Swig family of San Francisco, completed the high-rises.

A remodeling in the 1980s had the midcentury white towers painted brown.


In 2020, the hotel completed a multimillion-dollar upgrade of its 70,000 square feet of meeting space.

And now exterior improvements are being made with lighter-colored paint and stone refurbishment.

“The hotel is currently polishing the granite on the exterior of the hotel and is in the early stages of repainting the exterior of the two towers,” a spokesperson for the hotel said in an email. “The painting and polishing will take approximately a year to complete.”


Since 2011 the hotel has been owned by an affiliate of Illinois-based Inland American Lodging Group.

The Fairmont is joining dozens of other Dallas-Fort Worth hotels that are seeing renovations following the pandemic.

Uptown Dallas’ Ritz-Carlton just completed a more than $20 million renovation.

And more than 21,000 North Texas hotel rooms are in the development pipeline.

Originally called Cary Plaza, the Fairmont Dallas sat unfinished for almost four years...
Originally called Cary Plaza, the Fairmont Dallas sat unfinished for almost four years before it was completed by San Francisco's Swig family.(DMN / )