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Tour to focus on modern spaces of Fort Worth

Posted Oct. 2, 2019

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At 112 acres, Heritage Park is downtown's largest open space and features some of the most scenic views in Fort Worth.

This fall, thousands of people in more than 30 U.S. cities will gather on Oct. 12, Docomomo US Tour Day, to celebrate modern architecture and places, and to experience them in person.

Join Docomomo US North Texas, and tour partners Historic Fort Worth Inc. and Preservation Dallas, for a guided tour of three significant public spaces that originally combined landscape and water. Each provides its own response to its environment, be it meditative or interactive, while providing compelling examples of the success and failures of public spaces in urban settings.

The tour will be 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 12. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required via email.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. at Heritage Plaza, at Houston and Bluff streets. The park and plaza were designed by Lawrence Halprin in 1976 as part of Fort Worth’s Bicentennial Celebration. The park has been shuttered since 2007. The tour will provide an exclusive and rare opportunity to tour the plaza and to learn about its future from the team managing its restoration.

Tour participants will then walk to Burnett Park, designed in 1985 by Peter Walker and renovated in 2010 (also by Walker). The tour ends at the 1974 Water Gardens designed by Philip Johnson.

Tour guides include R.Gannon Gries, Bennett Benner Partners; Gregory S. Ibañez, Ibañez Shaw Architecture LLC; and Robert Meckfessel, DSGN Associates.

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