This is my favorite part of Dallas, and it stands pretty much the same today as it did in this 1936 photograph. The Esplanade of State at the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas, Texas, 1936.
Fair Park Deco, Dallas, Texas
I just ordered a copy of this book and I can’t wait for it to arrive next week! http://www.fairparkdeco.com/
I’d like a copy of this book for Christmas. Fair Park in Dallas is one of my favorite art deco places in the world.
“Spirit of the Centennial” statue at Fair Park in Dallas, 1936. Designed by Raoul Josett and Jose Martin. Carlo Ciampaglia designed the mural behind the statue. The statue and mural still stand in Fair Park today.
The Woofus, Dallas, Texas
One of the weirdest chimeras I’ve ever seen, and I’ve hung out in Ancient Roman and Etruscan museum exhibits. (Side note: Best one ever is Etruscan chimera at antiquities museum in Florence.)
The 9-foot-tall, 2,700-pound bronze sculpture was originally created for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and is composed of a sheep’s head, a longhorn steer’s horns, a horse’s neck, a hog’s body, a duck’s wings and a turkey’s tail.
Two sets of doors to the Texas Hall of State Building at Fair Park in Dallas. Built in 1936, photo taken in 2011.
One of the art deco lamps at the Hall of State building, Fair Park, Dallas. You can’t really tell here, but each of these lamps is about 6 feet tall.
Went to the fair today and had to take some pics of my favorite building in the whole world.
Fair Park, Dallas, Texas
Detail of one of the fair structure. Fair Park was built for the Texas Centennial Exposition in the mid-1930s.
One of the restored art deco murals at Fair Park in Dallas, originally created in 1936 by artist Pierre Bourdelle. This mural respresents man’s ability to fly, which was still relatively new in 1936. I didn’t crop out the doors, so that you could see the size/scope of the mural. Photo taken by me on 16-Aug-2011.