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  1. National Building Museum World's Fair Exhibit

    I went to the exhibit today while in DC for the weekend. It's a great show with a thorough coverage of how the World's Fairs of the time impacted American culture, architecture and design. It included a lot of interesting artifacts and images and the docent was very knowledgeable. I wish the exhibit would travel to the 6 featured cities; I'd love to see it in Dallas' Fair Park for a run!
  2. You can also find a summary of restoration work here: http://www.dallascityhall.com/pdf/park_and_rec/FairParkProjectSummary.pdf
  3. Over the past few months, some other news/happenings in Fair Park: The Texas Museum of Automotive History opened in the Women's Building (original site of the Ford Building). They plan on staying in that building until the Museum of Nature & Science (today housed in both the original Natural History Building and Fine Arts Building) consolodates and moves downtown to the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science under construction. Once this happens, the auto museum can take over the original Fine Arts Building (recently known as the Science Place Museum). http://www.tmah.org/ The Children's Aquarium at Fair Park recently reopened after a major renovation and slight expansion of the Aquarium Building. http://www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com/ Nouveau 47, a new community theater group, recently started hosting productions at the Magnolia Lounge. Performance are held in the restored Margo Jones Theatre. http://www.nouveau47.com/ The Top of Texas Centennial Tower is finally making progress for the Midway area. The 500-foot observation tower will open in 2013 when the Midway hopefully begins opening for the summer seasons.
  4. DART opened the light rail station at Fair Park in 2009. It was designed to blend in to the surrounding architecture and sits at the historic streetcar entrance and main gate to Fair Park. During construction of the station, the original entrance gates and pylon were restored as well.
  5. Yes, the restored Esplanade is great! Along with restoring the historic pylons, sound boxes, sculptures, landscaping and lighting the city took the opportunity to install a pretty incredible fountain system that performs regularly for special events (State Fair, Fourth of July, Christmas). Unfortunately it doesn't yet run year-round due to cost, but it's a great start. The Contralto and Countertenor sculpture were at one end of the Esplanade of State on two large pylons housing a speaker system for daily announcements. After the exposition, the plaster sculptures probably just crumbled apart. The reconstructed sculptures are bronze mounted on new 20 foot concrete pylons. The central pylon and cascading fountain were also restored/recreated. Although original to the 1936 design, the central pylon blocks the view of the Hall of State (it is said that George Dahl, general architect of the Centennial, added a pylon to block the Hall of State when the design of that building was given to another architect). The sound and light system was also restored along the length of the Esplanade: New fountains: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=UpUDSD27pVw http://www.youtube.c...h?v=EwewB4uw1zo Future projects: -- Cleaning the Hall of State's (the exterior needs a good scrubbing) -- Restoration of the bank of lights -- Restoration of the Court of Honor -- Recreation of the Ford Building
  6. Yes, it really is a cultural treasure for the city. Over the past few years there has been a lot of focus on preserving and restoring the Art Deco architecture. Of course many of the structures predate the exposition, so several of them are approaching a century of use.
  7. Gene Autry shot his movie "The Big Show" during the run of the Texas Centennial. It gives a glimpse of the action and attractions of the exposition. GHkADPRhCtE
  8. Which fair would you most like to see added to PTU?

    I noticed the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition listed with the fairs, but maybe the Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition of 1937 should also be included/added to that. The same buildings were redecorated with new exhibits and ran for 4 months. http://www.watermelon-kid.com/places/FairPark/panam/panam_index.htm
  9. Yes, it's still there. The auditorium was actually building PRIOR to the Texas Centennial in 1925; that's why it's Spanish Baroque style doesn't match the other architecture (all the other existing buildings received a new Art Deco facade for the Centennial). For the Centennial the auditorium was converted into exhibit space for GM, which came into the game late. After the Centennial it reverted back to performance use. In 1972 it received a modernization and expansion, and still remains in use today. http://www.liveatthemusichall.com/
  10. Here's the site plan for the Texas Centennial. You can click here for a larger version: Also interesting to note is that the Dallas Historical Society has the original blueprints, sketches, and construction models for nearly every building of the Texas Centennial. These make up part of the thousands of items in their Centennial Collection. Unfortunately most of these items remain in storage for now, but there are plans to display them in a future museum at Fair Park. Their collection includes many of the original sketches for murals and maquettes for sculptures and it's very fascinating. These items have been very useful in recent years in helping restore the existing architecture of Fair Park. I was up at their warehouse the other day and shot these photos of one of the models. This book has some great photographs and details about the park's architecture: http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/0738579394