Dallas is a large city and with that comes an amazing amount of beautiful and stunning architecture. One area of particular interest is the Dallas Arts District. The district is a unique 68 acre neighborhood right in the middle of the city. It’s a showcase of the cultural and artistic pursuits of the city’s denizens. Dallas has some of the greatest architecture in the United States as well as the world. Many of the buildings that dot the Dallas skyline have been conceptualized and created by award winning architects. Many of these architects have been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize that honors a living architect whose work demonstrates quality and a vision to benefit humanity through the art of architecture.

The Dallas Center for Architecture has been giving tours for a while and offers it twice a month. It’s a ninety minute walking tour around the entire area that examines the many different buildings. It begins with buildings that began being built in the late 1800s all the way up to modern times. The tour begins at 10:00 am on the first and third Saturday of each month. The tour begins at the Dallas Museum of Art. There are many buildings in the district but there are some that are exceptional and have a lot of beauty and history behind them.

 

Buildings of Interest

One of the top buildings in the Dallas Arts District is the Edward Larrabee Barnes’ Dallas Museum of Art. The large building has a trademark barrel vault that lines up right with Flora street. It was in 1993 that there was a large expansion on the north side of the museum with the addition of the Hamon Building. The new area gave the building a new large entrance and parking spaces that face the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. There was also the addition of underground parking and a new sculpture garden on the outside.

Landscape architect Dan Kinley created the outside space with parallel water walls that enhanced the outside sculptures. The sound of falling water gives the area a sense of calm and reprieve from the outside of the city.

Another area of interest is the Nasher Sculpture Center, dubbed by some as a radical open art museum. Raymond D. Nasher built the area for $70 million and it houses a large private collection of sculpture created during the 20th century. Visitors get into the garden by entering under five shaded pavilions that house some of the smaller pieces in the collection. There is a bookstore, as well as a café and some offices here as well. There are around 30 larger sculptures by well known artists everywhere and they are in the vicinity of high vaulted ceilings propelled up by curved glass vaults.

These are just two of the incredibly diverse Dallas Arts District. There are a multitude of museums that showcase not only Dallas’ artists but those renowned around the world. It is only fitting that the buildings that house these works of art, are art themselves.