D.I.R.T. Studio

Photo by: D.A. Horchner

Once the source of drinking water for a small town near Dallas, this abandoned pumping station in Highland Park is now back in circulation. Its new incarnation, designed by landscape architects Mary Ellen Cowan of MESA and Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T. Studio, is a postmodernist celebration of industrial architecture, a preservation of local history, and a lively combination of art space and residences. Under the impetus of the property's owner, what could have been a forlorn, derelict site has been transformed into something welcoming and inspiring.