One of the most recognizable forms on the Dallas skyline, the 603 Munger complex with its three 20-foot tall roof-top water tanks has anchored the West End for over 100 years. Granite Properties recognized the potential for this landmark structure to attract a new breed of creative office tenants and restaurants, and purchased the complex in late 2015. Built in three phases from 1903 to 1922, the complex originally housed the Brown Cracker and Candy Company, which employed 1,000 workers and was the largest cracker factory in the country at the time. The building occupies a uniquely shaped site which was created by the influences of the many rail lines in the warehouse district, and the confluence of the two original City of Dallas survey grids. The resulting outdoor urban space is one of a very few of its kind and scale that remains as the city has grown.
GFF teamed with ArchiTexas to design the rehabilitation of 603 Munger. The masonry exterior is being cleaned and reconstructed. New, historically accurate windows are being installed throughout. Unsympathetic interior modifications have been reversed and corrected, and the iconic water tanks will be replaced to match original. Modern additions include new plaza landscaping and primary building entry, updated interior atrium and skylight, and new lease space and amenity areas created on the roofs of both the 4- and 7-story buildings. The 215,000 SF project has been branded by Granite as Factory Six03, and will be ready for occupancy in the 2nd quarter of 2017.