DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Downtown is once again aglow with an old-skool icon — the Pegasus sign atop the Magnolia Hotel. It rivals the technicolor tableaux created nightly by one million LED lights at the Dallas Omni Hotel with its simplicity. Crews for the city and with Starlite Sign worked to complete routine maintenance on the Art Deco sign. They restored its neon lighting, which went out in the spring.
“The Pegasus sign is a beloved icon of the City of Dallas,” according to Public Art Manager with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Kay Kallos. “It has landmark sign status and is part of the City’s Public Art Collection.”
Originally the logo of the Magnolia Oil Company, the sign was placed atop the Magnolia Building in ’34. The building was the city’s first skyscraper and the tallest building in Texas at the time.
It was conferred a city landmark in ’73 and by ’76, the city owned it. The original sign was taken down in ’99 and was used as a template for the current sign, which debuted New Year’s Eve 2000. ExxonMobil Corporation continues to use the Pegasus as their corporate logo.
Funds are still needed for repairs to fix its rotating mechanism. Hopefully the winged horse will fair better than Big Tex; and spin soon enough sans any electrical issues.
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