Fair Park

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In 1936, Texas commemorated the 100th anniversary of its independence from Mexico with a series of statewide celebrations. A central exposition was proposed, with four cities waging a sometimes bitter campaign to secure the rights to stage this auspicious event. At stake for the host city was unparalleled national exposure and a strong economic boost in the midst of the Great Depression. Using the existing grounds and buildings at Fair Park as the basis of its bid, Dallas outhustled and outspent its competitors to be designated as the host city of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. The fair was planned by chief architect George Dahl with legions of talented designers and artists who collaborated to produce one of the great American world's fairs of the 1930s.  In addition to the centennial celebration, 1936 marked the 50th anniversary of Fair Park as the site of the great State Fair of Texas. Many of the exhibition structures, livestock barns, and sports and performance venues built for the fair over the previous 50 years were incorporated into the new layout and design of the exposition. The architectural style that was applied to the old and new buildings at Fair Park was described as "Texanic," a combination of Texas iconography and classical motifs with the more spare, streamlined regimen of the moderne style. The result was a revelation to the millions of visitors that attended the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936.
ISBN: 9780738579399
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Images: 195
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Willis Winters has directed the ongoing revitalization of Fair Park, including restoration of the park's historic structures and the conservation of the monumental public artwork created for the exposition, for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department since 1993. He is the coauthor of four previous books on Dallas architectural history. The images selected for this book emanate from the collections of the Dallas Municipal Archives, the Texas/Dallas History Division at the Dallas Public Library, the Dallas Historical Society, the State Fair of Texas, and the Library of Congress.
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