Tower Club opened in October of 1982 with the completion of Thanksgiving Tower, which was built on the site of the historic Palace Theatre. Invitations for membership were mailed on March 1, 1982, which included 100 openings for lifetime memberships. Many of these lifetime Members are regulars to this day. Membership by invitation, which was initially extended by the first Chairman of the Board, Lamar Hunt, has been a constant for more than 25 years.Untouched standards are the commitment to quality, personal service and excellence.
Tower Club’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the 21st century by advancing the business, cultural and social interests of our Members. This forward thinking has been evident since day one. Tower Club was built on two very important concepts during a rapidly changing business and social environment. One, the club would not discriminate against its Members and their guests based on gender or race – a first among private clubs in downtown Dallas. Second, the club was to be built on a grand scale with many different meeting rooms to suit the different business and social needs of its Members. The grandeur would be complete with spectacular views of the city and its surroundings – also a first among downtown clubs.
Thanksgiving Tower doubles as a Dallas icon and a desired workplace. Designed by internationally recognized architects, HKS, Thanksgiving Tower opened in 1982 with great success. Soaring 50 stories and more than 600 feet, the shining and beautiful Thanksgiving Tower overlooks the Philip Johnson-designed Thanks-Giving Square with its reflective glass curtainwall. The building’s distinctive cut back exterior design, referred to as sawtooths, zigzags or zogs, creates two intimate private dining rooms for two to six people – one has even been given the nickname “The Proposal Room.” This efficient design is complemented by the virtually column-free interior and 45-foot bay depth, which maximize design flexibility. Upper floors, including Tower Club on the 48th, offer magnificent views of surrounding Dallas and beyond, while the low-rise floors offer intriguing views of Thanks-Giving Square to the north and the revitalized prewar buildings to the south. Thanksgiving Tower offers a unique combination of landmark presence and classic design on an exceptionally well-located site.