LOFT LIVING

Byline: Rusty Williamson

Historic lofts are nothing new, but The American Beauty Mill by Post, a popular loft development near downtown Dallas at 2400 South Ervay Street, has a different story to tell. While most lofts in Dallas have some degree of historical reference, The American Beauty Mill by Post just may have them all beat when it comes to interesting pedigrees — it’s a former flour mill that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
Now it’s an ultra-cool loft complex that’s drawing an eclectic mix of young professionals, including lots of fashion, art and music devotees.
In fact, the building is home to so many photographers that its owner, Post Properties of Atlanta, has installed a public darkroom.
The building and its towering 10-story grain silos were completed around 1900 when it became headquarters to American Beauty Flour Co., which produced bread products for northeast Texas consumers until it closed in 1974.
After being vacant for several years, the building was converted into lofts in 1998 by Post Properties, Inc., which specializes in upscale inner-city housing. The rambling compound features an intriguing cluster of building silos that are connected by alluring catwalks and mysterious swirling staircases tucked in unexpected places.
It’s handsome design is part Early Industrial and part Art Nouveau. Floors are polished concrete, walls are exposed brick or steel and ambience is courtesy of original exposed iron pipes and mysterious levers, switches and pulleys.

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