The Esplanade at Fair Park – How Cool!

Fair Park Esplanade Built for Centennial Exposition 1936

Legendary Dallas Mayor R.L. Thornton outsmarted, outwitted, or maybe just out-financed his contemporaries in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston to land the Texas Centennial Expo in 1936.

When asked whether the Centennial celebration grounds would have an esplanade, Thornton reportedly proclaimed boldly, “Not only will it have an esplanade, it will have two esplanades!”

Then he quietly turned to an aide and asked, “What’s an esplanade, anyway?”

Here is the Grand Esplanade of Fair Park.  Dallas, Texas.

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Lee Ann Torrans - Fair Park

Lee Ann Torrans - Fair Park

Tenor and Contralto are approximately 15 feet tall. They flank Fair Park’s Esplanade Fountain.

David Newton, local sculptor recreated the Tenor and Contralto. These are replicas of the original statues created by Laurence Tenney Stevens and installed for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.

Esplanade Fountain was renovated at a cost of $12 million renovation. The 700-foot long-fountain features over 200 jets that shoot water 100 feet in the air, accompanied by programmed lights and music.

David Newton was educated in New York and Italy. His portfolio also includes the Freedman’s Memorial in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood as well as public art pieces in Austin and Arlington, Texas.

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Lee Ann Torrans

Esplanade Fair Park Dallas - Lee Ann Torrans

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