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Parry Avenue Entrance and Grand Plaza

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1936, Lang and Witchell

The main entrance to Fair Park on Parry Avenue is composed of an eighty-five-foot-high central pylon visible from downtown, flanked by cubic ticket structures. Although planned as part of the Fair concept, a monumental civic boulevard through industrial East Dallas to downtown was never built. Within the entrance is the expansive Grand Plaza, with a grove of oaks installed in Kessler’s time. To the south of the plaza, the Spanish Colonial Revival Fair Park Auditorium (1925, Lang and Witchell) was remodeled as the General Motors Building to display automobiles.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Parry Avenue Entrance and Grand Plaza", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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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, 178-179.

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