The thousands of people who’ve lived at the Maple Terrace over the decades wouldn’t recognize the place.
Built in the Roaring ‘20s, the Maple Avenue apartment building is one of Uptown Dallas’ oldest landmarks.
Until 2020, the historic building continued to house a variety of residents who liked the vintage architecture and location next door to the Stoneleigh Hotel.
Houston-based developer Hines bought the Maple Terrace at the end of 2019 and broke ground on a redevelopment of the property in mid-2021.
The mixed-use project will include a new residential high-rise, luxury office space and street-front retail.
More than a year into the work, the original Mediterranean-style structure is surrounded by new construction.
“We are about halfway through,” said Ben Brewer, Hines’ senior managing director. “We will finish the office by third quarter of next year and have the first tenant in by the New Year of 2024.”
Most of the more than 150,000 square feet of office space will be in the original Maple Terrace building, which opened in 1925 as one of Dallas’ most exclusive residential addresses.
The seven-story apartment building was designed by English architect Sir Alfred Bossom, who also did downtown Dallas’ landmark Magnolia Building.
Over the years, the place put a roof over the heads of an eclectic mix of short-term celebrity residents including Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and Liza Minnelli.
Maple Terrace was built with a white stucco exterior, clay tile roofs and two “watch towers” on the front of the building.
Several previous redevelopment plans for the property had always kept the original apartment uses.
Hines decided to head in a different direction with the landmark.
“We felt like this quadrant of Uptown was prime for a mixed-use development,” Brewer said. “It’s the gateway to Turtle Creek and Uptown.”
Hines is adding a nine-story addition to the back of the original Maple Terrace building to provide a total of more than 150,000 square feet of offices.
The offices inside the historic building will have a new two-story lobby, conference facilities, a gym, a tenant lounge and a rooftop terrace with views of Uptown and downtown.
“We looked the Uptown office market and the success of Old Parkland” in Oak Lawn, Brewer said. “We felt like there are companies that are going to want to office in a very nice building that has history associated with it.”
“There are not many 100-year-old buildings in Uptown,” he said. “I think there are only three or four pre-World War II buildings left.”
The 345 apartments in the project will be in a 21-story tower under construction behind Maple Terrace. The apartments will open in early 2024.
The space between the old and new buildings is being planned as a lush “secret garden” area with landscaping and outdoor gathering areas.
Hines is doing the Maple Terrace development in partnership with Japan’s Mitsui Fudosan and McNair Interests, a Houston-based investor.
Dallas architects GFF and 5G Studio Collaborative designed the project.
Preserving the original landmark’s exterior has been a centerpiece of the project.
“We wanted to leave all the character that’s there,” said David Freisner, Hines’ construction development manager. “We patched the stucco and are doing new paint on the exterior.
“We have all new windows” that are in keeping with the original style, he said.
One of the most visible additions to the block hasn’t started construction yet — a two-story, 12,000-square-foot restaurant building that will sit on the corner of Wolf Street and Maple across from the Stoneleigh Hotel.
“The two restaurants in the building will have patios that spill out onto the grounds,” Hines’ Sean Luther said.