The West End Market Place in Downtown Dallas, Texas
The West End Market Place began life in 1902 as the Brown Cracker & Candy Co. – “the largest bakers of crackers and fancy confections in the Southwest” – the building started out as a plant and distribution center for food products. It is said that Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde had worked for the plant at some point.
After being bought out in the 40s by the Brown Cracker company the plant disappeared from downtown (looking for a date as to when they left). Over the years the building was used for manufacturing and warehouse storage (what businesses were here).
But eventually the building was abandoned by the early 80s. Then in 1986 the building was renovated into the West End Market Place. Over time the building housed a 10 screen movie theatre (I remember seeing at least one move there during my childhood), restaurants, and a small trendy mall with an arcade in what I remember as the basement area. But by 2006 business was bad the owner closed the building down.
The West End Market Place – Current Status
As of 2012 the current owners were/are the property brokers at Dallas’ Peloton Commercial and they have plans to save the old building and renovate it into an office complex.
As for the building itself, I haven’t been in it or near it since it closed over ten years ago. I would love to get into this old building and document its current status.
Its exterior is will taken care of and the owners maintain at least its exterior and keep it on lockdown.
About the Image
I shot the above image with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i and Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens at about sunset. I then processed the image with Adobe Lightroom and Topaz Clarity to bring out the detail of the buildings at sunset.