Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The LBJ Plaza
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and opened in the spring of 1971. The design featured the monumental library building clad in Roman travertine and an expansive plaza paved in travertine and terrazzo. On the plaza are three square fountains.
In 2009, due to significant deterioration caused by water infiltration, the plaza was rebuilt as seen today. Working closely with the Texas Historical Commission, The University of Texas and the National Archives and Records Administration replaced the existing paving materials with granite and reinterpreted the fountains as planting areas. In collaboration with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, native plants were selected to make the plaza more hospitable and environmentally responsible.
The plaza is now an important feature of the Lady Bird Johnson Center, a tribute to the First Lady. Mrs. Johnson is remembered as an advocate of education, the mother of the environmental movement, and a person of tremendous charm and grace. The Lady Bird Johnson Center with its redesigned plaza supports the mission
The photograph above depicts the original design. A section of the original paving is preserved at the northwest quadrant of the plaza.
Erected 2009 by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Environment • Government & Politics • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list.
Location. 30° 17.127′ N, 97° 43.729′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from Red River Street 0.1 miles north of Clyde Littlefield Drive. Marker is west of the LBJ Library parking area - in the breezeway of Sid Richardson Hall on the University of Texas, Austin campus. The Library is one block west of I-35/US Hwy. 290, accessible north of the exit for E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2313 Red River Street, Austin TX 78705, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica of San Lorenzo Monument 1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); University Interscholastic League J. Frank Dobie House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Heman Sweatt Campus (approx. half a mile away); Gen. George W. Terrell (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jacob Fontaine (approx. 0.6 miles away); UT Tower Shooting Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abner Hugh Cook (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .
1. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. (Submitted on September 17, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. "The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes." (Submitted on September 17, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on November 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.