AS THE FIRST investment for its recently announced $100 million real estate fund, NewcrestImage has purchased the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Dallas. The company, which is based in Dallas, purchased the historic building from Denver-based Stout Street Hospitality.

Opened in 1922 as the headquarters offices for Magnolia Petroleum, the 325-room, 29-floor Magnolia Hotel was the city’s first skyscraper and the first high-rise in the United States to have air conditioning. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and opened as a luxury boutique hotel in 1999.

The hotel is across from the 37-floor world headquarters of AT&T and the $100 million AT&T Discovery District, a shopping, dining and entertainment development. The Discovery District features a 30-foot diameter interactive “walk-in” sculpture and a 104-foot high media wall for watching sports, movies and music events. The hotel features a library, a restaurant, two lounges and 11 meeting rooms, that range from 230 to 3,500 square feet.

“Rooted in history and ready to be reinvented for the future – that describes this hotel, and also our entire hospitality industry right now,” said Mehul Patel, chairman and CEO of NewcrestImage. “The Magnolia Hotel is an especially relevant and significant opportunity for us because it continues two important corporate commitments – re-energizing downtown Dallas and revitalizing historic buildings.”

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