Local artist Isaac Davies kicks off the program inside the downtown urban space

(DALLAS, September 2017; source: CultureHype) – A downtown sanctuary for an urban-dwelling creative, the newly renovated Butler Brothers Building is not your average apartment complex. Deeply creative at its core, it’s a building that belongs to the people of Dallas and a soulful one at that. The complex is proud to announce its new Artist in Residence Program this fall with local muralist and painter Isaac Davies, a staple in the DFW art scene since 2002. The residency will run now through December with a Closing Reception to be announced. The Butler Brothers Building is located at 500 S. Ervay St., Dallas, Texas 75201.

“Our new Artist in Residence program is an integral and deliberate part of the lifestyle brand that we created for the Butler Brothers Building,” said Nile Tuzun, creative director of design and branding. “Its purpose is to open our doors to our community and to give local Dallas artists a place to showcase their work and to educate.”

At the Butler Brothers Building, the past grounds the spirit of its vision of the future. Built in 1910, the building was anchored in commerce and industry, serving as a mercantile warehouse for Chicago-based Butler Brothers & Co. under the mantles of the Ben Franklin five-and-dime franchise and later the Dallas Merchandise Mart. Its last iteration was that of office space for city employees and local businesses. This industrious momentum was lost for nearly four decades during which time the building was abandoned. What may seem like a loss was viewed as an opportunity for a renaissance by Alterra International, the building’s developer. Alterra International proudly converted this outstanding property into a space for forward-thinking and creative living, carrying the torch into the future for prosperity and positive change for the downtown Dallas community.

“The residency program means a great deal to me as an artist,” said Davies, “I’m honored to be the first artist and help set it all in motion and glad that they see the vision and value in the residency.”

A current member of the Just. Us. League Freestyle Art Squad and one-third of Three of One Arts, Davies is known for his teaching abilities, community work and street art commissions for institutions like the Dallas Museum of Art. Kicking off his residency, the artist has created a mural titled “#BUTLERBBOY” for the space and is currently creating original works of art in his new downtown apartment on Ervay. Inspired by friends who are break-dancers, he set off to create something expressive with the human form by drawing motion capture so it appears the mural Bboy is dancing in sequence right off the wall. Davies is also one of the founding members of The Dallas Fabrication Yard, the only 24-hour legal city canvas for graffiti art in Dallas.

“Residency programs are so important to the community because they help foster new ideas and ways of interaction that normally go unnoticed,” said Davies. “After I had completed a commissioned mural at the building, I proposed the idea of a residency program that could offer more and the rest is history in the making!”

Its brand identity is unique to the Big D and a welcome departure from the cookie-cutter housing that sprawls the city. Opened in December of 2016, the 238-unit apartment community faces Dallas City Hall on South Ervay St. and boasts downtown Dallas views with modern industrial accents. For those looking for an extraordinary lifestyle, the building offers a stunning hotel-inspired lobby, pool with private cabanas, expansive sundeck with gourmet outdoor kitchen, in-room dining, professional service for four-legged friends, garment cleaning and a dedicated 24/7 concierge service. The innovative space offers unrivaled amenities including a yoga studio, game room, music studio, cinema, art studio, karaoke room and more. The residences at the Butler Brothers Building have revitalized the urban fabric of downtown Dallas living.

About Butler Brothers Building:

The Butler Brothers Building is a unique sort of social and living destination that breaks the rules of average downtown-living. Known as a personal oasis in the middle of an urban hustle and bustle, BBB is about soul, location, and gut feeling. It is home to an urban-dwelling creative class of people where they can waltz into BBB and experience a familiar kind of comfort: The light will be dim, the furniture will be plush and balding, the music will awaken your senses, and the statement eyewear will be ubiquitous. For more information about the Butler Brothers Building, please visit


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