Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2001: Public Spaces
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te xas architect 20 11 / 1 2 2 0 01 located immediately south of the existing fort Worth museum of science and history, will include that museum, which plans a $26 million expansion of exhibit space designed by lake/flato architects of san antonio. That expansion will include 7,000 square feet of space dedicated to the legacy of the Texas cowboy/cowgirl in addition to 7,000 square feet of gallery space for traveling science exhibitions and another 10,000 square feet for display of recently discovered dinosaur fossils from the fort Worth area. The plaza will also contain the new national Cowgirl museum and hall of fame which is currently under construction and expected to be completed in spring of 2002. This $21 million project was designed by David m. schwarz architectural services, Inc. of Washington, D.C., with Gideon Toal architects of fort Worth and includes 33,000 While the stockyards north of downtown are still the heart of the “trail drive” aspect of fort Worth’s past, the Will rogers Coliseum and auditorium have been expanded over the last decade or so and now hold claim as site of the ongoing public shows of horses, guns, and other elements of the “Western” lifestyle. Will rogers Coliseum has long since displaced the original 1908 northside Coliseum as the site of the annual rodeo/stock show, and due to its size and qualities as a venue for performance the auditorium has hosted artists as un-western as Jimi hendrix, the rolling stones, emerson lake & palmer, King Crimson, and more recently, sheryl Crow and melissa etheridge. as with other entities in the district, there is conversation at the moment proposing a new Coliseum to handle the larger crowds that have become the norm. The newly defined Western heritage plaza, the Fort Worth Modern art Museum is scheduled to open in October 2002; painting by Mark hoffer, courtesy Fort Worth Star-Telegram.