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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, Dallas

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The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a monument to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA) erected in 1970, and designed by noted architect Philip Johnson.
The John F. Kennedy Memorial was the first memorial by famed American architect and Kennedy family friend, Philip Johnson, and was approved by Jacqueline Kennedy. Johnson called it "a place of quiet refuge, an enclosed place of thought and contemplation separated from the city around, but near the sky and earth." The citizens of Dallas funded its construction entirely.
The simple, concrete memorial to President Kennedy dominates a square in downtown Dallas owned by Dallas County. It is bordered by Main, Record, Elm and Market Streets, and is one block east of Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was assassinated.
Philip Johnson's design is a cenotaph, or empty tomb, that symbolizes the freedom of Kennedy’s spirit. The memorial is a square, roofless room, 30 feet (9 m) high and 50 (15 m) by 50 feet (15 m) wide with two narrow openings facing north and south. The walls consist of 72 white precast concrete columns, most of which seem to float with no visible support two feet above the earth. Eight columns extend to the ground, acting as legs that seem to hold up the monument. Each column ends in a light fixture. At night, the lights create the illusion that the structure is supported by the light itself. The corners and “doors” of this roofless room are decorated with rows of concrete circles, or medallions, each identical and perfectly aligned. These decorations introduce the circular shape into the square architecture of the Kennedy Memorial. Add John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza to your Dallas travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Dallas online driving holiday planner.
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  • I walked to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza during my visit to Dallas in May 2022. The memorial is interesting and a good photo opportunity. You can stop here on the way to the Sixth Floor... 
    I walked to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza during my visit to Dallas in May 2022. The memorial is interesting and a good photo opportunity. You can stop here on the way to the Sixth Floor...  more »
  • This literally is four blank walls. The plaque outside gave some artsy explanation, but I was not impressed. Thankfully we only stopped here on our way to somewhere else. 
    This literally is four blank walls. The plaque outside gave some artsy explanation, but I was not impressed. Thankfully we only stopped here on our way to somewhere else.  more »
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  • Once you walk into it all noise seems to disappear, errie but calming
  • Guess Kennedy deserve something better that concrete cube

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