Future looks bleak for former Braniff headquarters

Braniff headquarters

Credit: City of Dallas

The City of Dallas supplied this photo of the former Braniff International Airways headquarters building at Dallas Love Field. The structure, which has fallen into disrepair, is targeted for demolition.

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Posted on November 15, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 11:13 AM

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DALLAS — This could be the end for the former Braniff International Airways headquarters building at Dallas Love Field.

The Dallas City Council approved razing the building to lease the property at 7701 Lemmon Avenue for a dealership and aircraft hangars.

Braniff was the first airline to offer a computerized reservation system and in-flight video games. It went out of business in 1982.

The FAA and the Texas Historical Commission still would have to sign off on the deal to tear down the structure that was built in 1958 and which has been vacant for nearly two decades.

An online petition drive to save the building sponsored by an organization called Flying Crown Land Group has been established.

"Eliminating this last piece of Braniff history is an affront to the hard working people that made aviation a fundamental industry at Dallas Love Field and the region," the petition says, demanding that the city halt demolition activity.

The petition is seeking 500 signatures; it had received 271 as of this update.

Flying Crown Land Group has proposed restoration of the building that was designed by William Pereira, who was also the architect of San Francisco's landmark Transamerica Tower.

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