Colorful change coming for Dallas' iconic Reunion Tower

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 11:32 PM

DALLAS - After weeks of quiet speculation, Reunion Tower officials confirmed Tuesday to News 8 a major change is in the works for the iconic tower. It will radically change the look of downtown Dallas’ skyline.

For weeks, crews have been quietly changing the lights on the 50-story observation tower to allow the normally yellow ball to flash colors.
 
For months, rumors about the project swirled.

Company officials refused repeated requests from News 8 for comment. However, the spokesperson confirmed the change after video appeared online showing Reunion flashing colors.
 
“Gosh, this is a little like your kid opening his or her Christmas present early,” wrote Jeanne Phillips, a spokesperson for Reunion Tower, in a statement to News 8. “It’s hard to keep a secret in this great city!”
 
For weeks, the company has been quietly replacing the 33-year-old lights at Reunion Tower. Crews have already begun testing the displays.
 
Early Thursday morning, photographer Justin Terveen spotted the tower flashing its new colored lights.
 
“It’s a drastic difference,” said Terveen, who immediately began shooting video of the 15-minute light show.
 
“This was about 4:30 in the morning,” he said. “So I’m pretty sure it’s a test they didn’t want the public to see.”
 
The overhaul comes as Dallas’ new Omni Hotel opened a block away. It’s façade, covered in sophisticated, colored lights, threatened to upstage Reunion.
 
“Kind of a lighting war going on in Dallas,” Terveen said.
 
Since opening in 1978, Reunion Tower has undergone several major facelifts - most recently in 2007 when the tower was closed for a $23 million renovation. The building reopened two years later, holding a Wolfgang Puck restaurant with a revolving floor to maximize the views.

For all the change inside, however, the tower looked largely the same outside.
 
The company is not revealing many details about what kind of lights are being installed, or even what exactly the ball will look like in the future.
 
“When we are ready, we hope that all the world will be watching as we light up the tower for the second decade of the 21st Century,” Phillips said. “Our advice… stay tuned! It will be something to see.”

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