Although the project was new construction, the design saluted the
architecture and sense of community that evolved from Denton's
Historic Downtown Square. This project earned the Main Street Denton
Excellence in Preservation Award in 2003.
Having grown up near the downtown square, the architect was
inspired by his memories of downtown buildings and the atmosphere
they generated. The original plan was to build a one story art
gallery, but through corroboration with the owners, it was decided
that the location called for at least two stories to provide overall
symmetry to that side of the square. The brick was carefully matched
to three other nearby structures and a large rotating drum was used
to knock the sharp, contemporary corners off the brick to give them
the look of early 20th century construction materials. The copper
dome was constructed by hand in a local craftsman's backyard. Many
other design elements were used to make this building a timeless
anchor and landmark on Denton's square.