Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
“a place of quiet refuge, an enclosed place of thought and contemplation separated from the city around, but near the sky and earth.” – Philip Johnson, Architect
Dallas celebrated the 30th anniversary of the memorial with a comprehensive conservation treatment that restored the monument to its original vitality. In the summer of 1999, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza undertook management of the memorial, rallying the support of Dallas County and the City of Dallas. The Museum became caretaker of the monument and launched a full-scale restoration project aimed at preserving the memorial and its history. Philip Johnson, the original architect for the monument, guided the restoration process implemented by Corgan Associates, Inc. and Phoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd. Numerous local suppliers donated the labor, materials, and equipment required to return the memorial to its original beauty.
Visitors enter the room after a short walk up a slight concrete incline, embossed with concrete squares. Inside visitors confront a low-hewn granite square, too empty to be a base, too short to be a table, but too square to be a tomb, in which the name John Fitzgerald Kennedy is carved. The letters have been painted gold to capture the light from the white floating column walls and the pale concrete floor. These words – three words of a famous name – are the only verbal messages in the empty room.
Erected 2000 by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
Location. 32° 46.736′ N, 96° 48.397′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Main Street near S. Record Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas TX 75202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dallas County Records Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Dealey Plaza (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kennedy Assassination Route (about 500 feet away); Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building (about 600 feet away); Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark (about 700 feet away); John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan (about 700 feet away); Site of First Ferry and Bridge (about 700 feet away); A. H. Belo Corporation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a picture of the Memorial provided courtesy of Nathan Shands. In the upper right of the marker is a photograph of President Kennedy taken by John Mazziotta and found in the Dallas Times Herald Collection of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
The bottom of marker is text thanking the sponsors who helped make the restoration possible. It reads, "Many thanks to the sponsors who donated their services and supplies to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza restoration project: Dallas County, City of Dallas, Corgan Associates, Inc., Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects, Phoeniz I Restoration and Construction, Ltd., United Rentals Aerial Equipment, Architectural Concrete Services, Precora, ProSoCo, Inc., Publicis/Dallas, Hotsy Equipment, Neogard, Division of Jones Blair, MarbleLife, Sika Corporation, Slocum
Also see . . . History of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza. (Submitted on January 11, 2008.)
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