Dallas Architecture – Guided Walking Tours

Here’s a pleasant and different way to spend a Saturday morning entertaining yourself or your out-of-town visitors and learn more about the Dallas. The Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) offers 90-minute walking tours of the Dallas Arts District (DAD) on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.

In 2010, I was in the first class, trained and certified by the energetic DCFA Program Director, Greg Brown, to lead the DAD walking tours where the story of Dallas’ history is told through the buildings and planned urban space.

Cathedral Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe is on the tour | cornerstone laid in 1898 | Architect: Nicholas Clayton, well known for Bishop’s Palace in Galveston. (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Yesterday, a fellow classmate and docent, Robin Bellerby (she’s the one taking attendance in the shot below) and I each took a group of 10 people. The tour starts at the Harwood entrance of the Dallas Museum of Art, finishes at One Arts Plaza on Flora Street and covers the significant buildings in-between.

Saturday, February 4th Dallas Arts District Tour organized by the Dallas Center for Architecture. (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Here’s something I learned in training: The DAD is the largest arts district in the country, covering 68 contiguous acres.

Another fun fact: Four Pritzker-prize winning architects designed a building in the district: Renzo Piano’s brilliant mind did the Nasher Sculpture Center, I.M. Pei did the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall, Norman Foster’s firm did the Winspear Opera House and Rem Koolhaas did the Wyly Theater. The Pritzker is comparable to winning the Nobel Peace Prize – it’s a big deal.

Sky Solar Canopy spans 2+ acres over the Winspear Opera House, 2009 | Architect: Foster + Partners, Spencer de Grey, London (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

The DCFA also offers tours of the historic Main Street District on the 2nd and 4th Saturday. Private tours can be arranged through the DCFA’s link below.

To register for a tour: http://www.dallascfa.com

Until next Sunday…

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