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The Bush Center

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2013, Robert A. M. Stern Architects; Michael Van Valkenburgh, landscape. 2943 SMU Blvd.

The center houses three separate institutions: the George W. Bush Library, a museum, and the George W. Bush Institute. The mandate to continue the red brick Georgian heritage of the campus produced a modernized classicism more akin to that of the 1930s than the elegance of Mark Lemmon’s work. Low, horizontal brick forms break at the north entrance into a court lined with stone square-columned loggias. Rising above the court is a stone cube with a lanternlike top story. The 207,000-square-foot windowless center is LEED Platinum certified and includes a substantial adjacent park, planted with northeast Texas prairie trees, flowers, and grasses. It is accessed via a circular hiking trail just a few feet and a high masonry wall from the Dallas Central Expressway.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "The Bush Center", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 170-170.

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