Friday Fun: Surf Spots Continued

Friday Fun: Surf Spots Continued

In conjunction with our photography exhibition The Birth of Surf: The 1960's and 1970's Documentary Surf Photography of LeRoy Grannis, we researched Dallas best "surf spots."  Places to cool off or just catch a mid-century vibe.  We started the list last's the rest.

First off, some background on Grannis and the exhibition:

Here in Dallas, we don’t have many opportunities to surf.  (Is that a part of the Trinity River plan?)  That said, inspired by the exhibition, we wanted to give you a list of architecturally significant sites in North Texas to explore on your own.  Some are around water and some simply capture the “vibe” of the late 1950’s and 1960’s.  So, hang ten and go adventuring!

We'll start this week with one of the most beautiful avenues in Dallas...Turtle Creek Boulevard.  While placid Turtle Creek might not provide much opportunity for surfing or other watersports, it does sit adjacent to two of Dallas’ late 1950’s architectural gems.

Apartment Building, 1957
3525 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Howard Meyer

Commonly referred to as “3525,” this high-rise apartment tower, one of Dallas’ first, is set apart by its Mexican brick and textured concrete interior and its distinctive concrete brise-soleil (sun screens).

Kalita Humphreys Theater, 1959
3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Frank Lloyd Wright

Wright’s only public theater and one of his last designs has been the home of the Dallas Theater Center for 50 years.  DCFA has been a part of the discussions which will lead to a new master plan as the Kalita enters a new chapter.

WAVE Sculpture, 2002
SMU-Meadows Museum
Santiago Calatrava

One of Dallas’ best pieces of public art and perhaps its most literal “surf” spots is at the south entrance to the campus of Southern Methodist University.  The perpetually-moving 40-by-90 sculpture and reflecting pool were designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava, architect of the signature bridges in the Trinity River Plan.


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