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.DescriptionThe 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.
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  • The memorial isn’t the best. However I do keep in mind this memorial was build in the 70’s. The surrounding of this memorial is amazing! I will be back!  more »
  • We visited the memorial plaza and were impressed with how well kept it is and how amazing it was given the historical events that took place here  more »
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  • There was just something about being right in the spot where he was shoot. This memorial is very well done and significant, but it is just the feeling you get when there that makes it a great experience. I recommend anyone in or visiting the Dallas area go there, it is one of those things you should do in your life at least once!
  • Very well maintained area with a lot of foot traffic. Well marked markers that give you history and historic map of events. The museum shop next door has a short film for free to see the history of the area. Look for X's on highway for exact location of the assasination.

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