Built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, the grand exhibit halls and esplanade of Fair Park constitute the only intact and unaltered pre-1950s world fair site in the United States. Until 1956, trolleys served the fairgrounds with a stop at the main entrance on Parry Avenue. The Green Line’s Fair Park Station is situated right where that original trolley stop was, more than a half-century ago.
The station artwork is sensitive to this history, departing from DART’s tradition of barrel-vault or gull-wing canopies. Instead, the station features horizontal canopies with a crisp, clean look that’s original but in keeping with the art deco aesthetic.
Other elements contribute to the seamless effect: Fluted limestone columns resonate with the nearby Hall of State, while curvilinear seating echoes the rounded shapes evident throughout Fair Park. The granite benches and paving patterns mirror materials used inside the park. In fact, station artists Brad and Diana Goldberg used complimenting colors and materials throughout the design out of respect for the surroundings.
The floating ceiling is designed to be ethereal and “ghostlike,” thus reminiscent of the trolley ticketing area that once stood here. At night, artistic lighting elements reflect the historic use of dramatic lighting at Fair Park, and enhance not only the station, but the entrance as a whole.
It is a design that pays respect to the rich history of Fair Park, while building toward a brighter future for the neighborhood.