The Magnolia Hotel, formerly the Magnolia Petroleum Building, is one of Dallas' most iconic buildings. It was built in 1922 in the Beaux-Arts style with the company's logo, the famous winged horse "Pegasus", featured at the top. When Mobil Oil merged with Magnolia Petroleum the logo was retained. The Pegasus, which could rotate, quickly became a Dallas landmark. After several years, the condition of the original Pegasus deteriorated and eventually, it was unable to rotate. In 1999, the current Pegasus replaced the original and was officially lit on January 1st, 2000. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Backstory and Context
Mattingly, June. A History of the Dallas Pegasus, on Top of the Magnolia Hotel. Magnolia Hotels. Accessed March 25, 2017. http://www.magnoliahotels.com/pdf/pegasus-article-121211.pdf.
Dallas Downtown. Magnolia Hotels. Accessed March 25, 2017. http://www.magnoliahotels.com/dallas/hotel-history.php.