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Fredda Durham Turner Children’s Museum

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1989, Lawrence Holdren Connally

South of the main house, beyond the stables, is the Children’s Museum, a two-story structure named for the principal donor, a daughter of Fred and Juliette Turner. The symmetrical, postmodernist axial design has an octagonal entrance pavilion connected to one- and two-story rectangular brick-clad volumes. At the top of the entrance, a second-floor office has a panopticon-like view of all the museum’s public areas. The entrance features a diagonal diapered pattern of red and buff bricks, recalling Cesar Pelli’s Ley Student Center at Rice University in Houston. Connally was a former Midland associate of Frank Welch, who later moved to Austin.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Fredda Durham Turner Children’s Museum", [Midland, 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, 459-459.

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