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Posted by in Architectural Travel, Dallas, Destinations, Museums, Texas | 33 comments

An Art Deco Treasure: The Esplanade at Fair Park

An Art Deco Treasure: The Esplanade at Fair Park

I’m going to let you in on a secret. Visitors to Dallas that love architecture, beautiful outdoor public spaces, and want to learn a bit about the history Dallas and the state of Texas: go to Fair Park. Fair Park is an urban treasure and notable destination for Art Deco architecture in the US. Though Miami may boast the largest collection of art deco architecture in the world, Fair Park has the largest collection of art deco exhibition buildings,art, and sculpture in the U.S. It is one of the finest examples of excellent city planning and beautification of a public space to be found anywhere in the world. Join me in a walk around this dramatic and beautiful city park in Dallas, Texas. Fair Park is of significant historical value because it was the site of the 1936 Texas Centennial events and the State Fair of Texas has been held there every year for over 100 years. The park is also massive, 277 acres, so for the purpose of...

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Posted by in Cultural Exploration, Dallas, Texas | 21 comments

5 More Great Places For Jazz in Dallas

5 More Great Places For Jazz in Dallas

    Dallas is a great city for listening to live music and you can literally go out to a different place every night of the week. I continue to be amazed at the number of extremely talented musicians in this city. Since the 1920s Dallas has been a hub for great musicians of all genres and thankfully, the tradition continues. Another thing, in most large metropolitan areas a night out listening to live music could get rather expensive. Every venue on this list is free. That would be unheard of in a city like Los Angeles or New York, and the talent in Dallas – most have played both of those cities and then some. I’d go so far as to say some of the best musicians in the world are in Dallas, Texas. Not all of these venues are technically in Dallas, nor or they strictly jazz, but they are unique in some way and offer live music. Good ambiance is important too, though it does seem...

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Posted by in Dallas, Photography, USA | 19 comments

Enjoy A Neighborhood 4th of July: Dallas

Enjoy A Neighborhood 4th of July: Dallas

This week, America celebrates one of its biggest national holidays and a highlight of every summer, Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July. Officially it commemorates the signing of the United Stated Declaration of Independence in 1776. That was a long time ago, but it’s definitely not forgotten. On Friday next, every city and town in America, no matter how large or small, will honor the 4th of July. 

 In the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex, there is a plethora of places and activities where you can enjoy typical 4th of July events. Traditional celebrations include fireworks, parades, sporting events, and family get-togethers. In Texas, typical foods include B-B-Q, watermelon, ice cream, hamburgers, and hot dogs.  Whether you’re going to a big shindig or a more intimate gathering of family and close friends, 4th of July is a time to eat, drink, be merry, and fly your US flag with pride.

 I love fireworks but dislike crowds, so I stay close to home and enjoy the Lakewood parade, sans...

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Posted by in Architectural Travel, Dallas, Postcards | 3 comments

Postcard: The Merc, Dallas

Postcard: The Merc, Dallas

I discovered The Mercantile about the same time I discovered Main St.Gardens, an urban green space in downtown Dallas. Since then I’ve been drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I think it’s the neon clock tower and the fact that it is one of the few deco – inspired buildings left in Dallas. It’s especially cool at night when the neon on the clock tower is lit, as it is in this photograph. A fun note about the photo – it’s a drive by. I just rolled down my window and held up my camera while passing through downtown. I’d been out shooting all day because the sky was particularly interesting and was on my way home when I saw The Merc from this vantage point. The Mercantile National Bank, founded by R.L. Thornton (one of the founders of the city of Dallas), is now a luxury residential high rise building in the Main St. Historic District. Completed in 1942, the steel to construct the building...

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Posted by in Churches, Cultural Exploration, Dallas, Postcards | 4 comments

Postcard: Juxtaposition of Art and Religion

Postcard: Juxtaposition of Art and Religion

Picture this: A foggy morning in downtown Dallas – and figures, sculpted from cast iron and aluminum, by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. I was completely unaware that this art space even existed, and happened upon it one magical morning when the fog beckoned me outside with my camera. I like the way the fog adds a mystical element. The standing figures seem to be looking toward the heavens (symbolized by the church), while the seated figures (arms folded, eyes closed) appear to be disconnected from everything around them. The church in the background is Cathedrale Sanctuario de Guadalupe (Cathedral Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe), the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas. The first cornerstone was laid in 1898. The bell tower was not completed until 2005, when the entire church received a makeover as part of the Dallas Arts District project. The art installation called Borders and the church are both located in the Dallas Arts...

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