View looking upward at Allie Victoria Tennant's "Tejas Warrior" statue and the curved exedra (semicircular architectural recess) at the front entrance of the Hall of State building at Fair Park in Dallas.
Photo by Sean Fitzgerald

Restored in 2020, the art deco Hall of State at Dallas’ Fair Park boasts 76-foot-tall lime-stone pillars, colorful tiles, and Allie Victoria Tennant’s gilded Tejas Warrior statue among its decorative elements. “I love the architecture at Fair Park and often take my camera and look for odd angles, the play of the light off of the curves, and thoughtful details on the buildings,” says photographer Sean Fitzgerald, who lives nearby and enjoys walking and bicycling around the park. Fitzgerald favors the Hall of State, which conveys the story of Texas’ first 100 years of independence through its architecture and artworks and was a centerpiece of the buildings created for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. “My favorite view is looking straight up at the shape of the building and the big Texas sky,” he says.

From the April 2023 issue

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