Market Street/Commerce Street
Philip Johnson 1970
concrete memorial to President Kennedy dominates a square in downtown
Dallas 200 yards from where the President was assassinated. It is a space
for contemplation, neither open nor closed. the 50 foot square enclosure
with 30 foot high concrete walls would be oppressive, if not open in the
center of two opposite walls, and along almost all of the base.
In the center
is a black granite slab, deliberately too square to be a tomb, inscribed
simply with the President's name.
It is intended
to be "not a memorial to the pain and sorrow of death," but "a permanent
tribute to the joy and excitement of one man's life."
How to visit
is towards the west of Dallas's downtown, on Market Street between Main
Street and Commerce Street.
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