Highland Park DPS and Town Hall

Highland Park DPS and Town Hall

Originally built in 1924, the historic Town of Highland Park DPS and Town Hall had undergone multiple small renovations, resulting in a convoluted campus and lack of connectivity between departments. Over the years, the Town added a fire station, auditorium, library and other elements, creating floors on different levels and an interior more reminiscent of the 1960s than the 1920s. In 2010, the town began a renovation project with the goal of recapturing the original Spanish colonial revival aesthetic, with minimal horizontal expansion to the building’s footprint.




Highland Park, Texas


Product Selection, Office Interior Design


The Challenge

Choosing modern furniture, fabric and finishes to compliment a traditional aesthetic was only one part of the challenge. As a public agency, the Town was also conscientious about keeping costs reasonable, and was concerned about the affordability of a full service commercial furniture dealer. They were considering sourcing Prison Industries Furniture in order to conserve funds, which would limit their options. Architecture firm RPGA invited Spencer + Company to present an alternative solution for furniture and finishes that would offer the best design choices and flexibility, while keeping costs down.

“We needed a furniture dealer who could provide government contract pricing as well as all-inclusive services to gain the confidence of the Town. Spencer + Company worked tirelessly, producing layouts, renderings, pricing and alternative solutions that helped achieve our client’s goals. It was definitely a pleasure to have them as part of our team.”

– Robert P. Garza, AIA, TSA, R.A., R.I.D.
Principal, RPGA Design Group, Inc. – Architects

The Solution

While the architecture team restored historical features and added 15,000 new square feet, Spencer + Company’s office interior design team worked closely with architects in selecting office furniture, fabrics and finishes with the desired aesthetic. To reduce costs, we recommended National Furniture’s National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (IPA) program, which enables cities to leverage pre-negotiated discounts while accessing a wide variety of attractive, high quality products. The majority of National Furniture products are designed for sustainability, which helped meet the energy efficiency goals of the project.

The Outcome

Spencer + Company worked with RPGA Architects on the majority of the common spaces. For high-impact areas such as the Council Chambers, we collaborated with another firm, Larry Boerder Architects, to provide a more residential aesthetic. We also met with each department head to ensure individual needs and storage requirements were addressed. The renovation unified the look and feel of the entire campus and added much-needed space and updates for staff and services, creating a facility the entire Town of Highland Park can be proud of for generations.