This rendering of a glassy new Macy’s, posted a couple of weeks ago on the website of architects Munoz + Albin, incited a new round of speculation (on HAIF, anyway) about the fate of Downtown’s last department store. The ol’ box of bricks at 1110 Main St. (pictured below), designed by Kenneth Franzheim, opened in 1947 as the Foley’s flagship. Would Hilcorp, which now owns the property, demolish the post-war relic?
Munoz + Albin tells Swamplot that the rendering was never “a real project.” It was put together as a marketing effort in “a sort of competition,” the firm says, that aimed to brainstorm ways of improving Main Street Square. The firm has since updated its website — that is, deleted the rendering — to suggest as much.
Downtown Management District spokesperson Angie Bertinot tells Swamplot that Hilcorp has reviewed many renderings like this one but isn’t, in her words, “anywhere near making a decision” about what it wants to do with the full-block property, which also fronts Travis, Dallas, and Lamar.