the United States, and it is the only unaltered
pre-1950s World’s Fair site in the nation.
The State Fair of Texas has called Fair Park
home since its inception in 1886 when the
Dallas State Fair Board of Directors voted
to purchase 80 acres of land and established
the fairgrounds. Now the largest annual
state fair in the United States, the State Fair
of Texas is the largest tenant of Fair Park.
In 1936, the city of Dallas was chosen
to host the State of Texas Centennial
Celebration. Architect George Dahl was
commissioned to rebuild Fair Park for
the event to the astonishing tune of $26
million—an outlandish price tag for the
Depression Era. Dahl was tasked with the
planning, designing and constructing with
only 14 months from conception to completion. With the help of 10 Dallas design
firms, Dahl and his team designed 26 major
buildings in nine months. Dahl took great
care to create a unique architectural look by
combining classic Art Deco designs of the
period with a Southwestern flare that interjected elements of Texas history.
The Hall of State building was designed
to be the architectural centerpiece of the
Exposition. At $1.3 million, it was the most
expensive structure per square foot ever
built in Texas at the time. Unlike past World
Fairs, the Dahl’s buildings were designed
and built to last. They remain a true treasure
to the city of Dallas and its residents.
Currently, Fair Park draws over seven
million people to ticketed events alone
and generates millions of dollars for the
city of Dallas annually. Superpages.com
Centre hosts over 40 concerts with nationally known stars each year. There are nine
museums and six performance halls located
at Fair Park, including the Science Place
and The Women’s Museum. There are
over 749,000 square feet of covered space
that can be used for conferences, exhibits,
markets, festivals and sporting events.
Fair Park has a wealth of history, art and
stunning architecture. The following is just
a brief peek at what Fair Park has to offer.
African American Museum
The African American Museum is the only
institution of its kind in the Southwest
dedicated to the preservation and display
of African-American artistic, cultural and
historical materials. It features one of the
largest collections of folk art in the nation.
The rich history of black art and culture
is stored in the four vaulted galleries,
augmented by a research library.
Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park opened
in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial celebration. Housed in its original Art Deco
building, the Aquarium is home to a varied
collection of thousands of aquatic animals,
including marine and freshwater fish,
reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
Dallas Historical Society
The Dallas Historical Society was organized
on March 31, 1922, by 101 prominent citizens who wished to encourage historical
inquiry. In 1938, the Society assumed the
management of the magnificent Hall of
State at the request of the City of Dallas. The
Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in Dallas County that is committed
to preserving the area’s entire history.
Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas summer musicals can trace its path
back to 1941, with Opera Under The Stars
in Fair Park’s Band Shell. Since then, it has
earned a long track record of top-notch live
performances featuring some of the best
talent in the business. Performances are held
at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Past musicals have included Burn the Floor, Stomp,
Spamalot along with Guys and Dolls.
Museum of the American Railroad