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Dallas Municipal Building Restoration and Stone Portals for Spring Creek Nature Center in Richardson Recognized for Excellence


Dee Brown, Inc. has been awarded two Pinnacle Awards for Excellence by the Natural Stone Institute for stone projects completed in the Dallas area.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as a Natural Stone Institute Pinnacle Award Winner,” said Rob Barnes III, President & CEO of Dee Brown, Inc.  “The Natural Stone Institute is comprised of companies representing over 50 countries. The Pinnacle Awards is a worldwide competition. It is one of the highest honors we can receive by our industry, and it speaks volumes to the quality of our team’s work. We had a great showing this year, being recognized for two out of the 14 projects recognized.” 

Judges awarded Dee Brown and Coldspring, a quarrier and fabricator of granite and natural stone located in Coldspring, Minnesota, the 2020 Pinnacle Award for work done in the Public Landscape/Parks/Memorials category for their work with the City of Richardson on the Spring Creek Nature Area. More than 8,250 cubic feet of granite was used to create two unique entry portals, standing 16 feet and 20 feet tall, respectively. The heaviest stone used weighed approximately 40,000 pounds. The judges liked the massive scale of the stone sculptures and the simplicity as the gateway into a nature preserve.

Dee Brown was also recognized for its work with Tennessee Marble Company on the Dallas Municipal Building restoration. Completed in 1914 as Dallas’ fourth City Hall, the Municipal Building was later turned over to the University of North Texas at Dallas for the College of Law. Damaged pieces of exterior granite and limestone were removed and shipped to the fabricator to create replacement pieces. Inside, five different types of domestic marble were identified, including one which was no longer being quarried. Judges commented, “A mid-century renovation resulted in some missing details that had to be researched, recreated and impressively restored back to its original appearance with excellent workmanship.” 

Located in Richardson, Texas, Dee Brown Inc. was founded by C. Dewitt Brown, Jr. in 1955, and is a leader in the stone and masonry industry, building and restoring iconic projects, including the American Airlines Center; Nasher Sculpture Center; George W. Bush Presidential Center; Old Red Courthouse; The Getty Center in Los Angeles; Meyerson Symphony Center; Houston Museum of Natural Science; Dallas Country Club; Hunt Oil Headquarters; Trammel Crow Center; AT&T Stadium and many others. More information about the company can be found at

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