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Special event planned June 15 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza in downtown Dallas.

Dallas Commemorates 40th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

DALLAS/June 11, 2010 -The John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza at 646 Main Street (corner of Main and Market streets) in downtown Dallas was designed by renowned American architect Philip Johnson and dedicated on June 24, 1970. In its 40 year history, the plaza has become an integral part of the Dallas urban landscape. Johnson's simple design - a "cenotaph" or open tomb - is meant to symbolize the freedom of Kennedy's enduring spirit and provide a space for reflection and remembrance.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this landmark, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will host a free program with Frank Welch, FAIA, award-winning architect and author of Philip Johnson & Texas, and Dale Sellers of Phoenix I Restoration & Construction, Ltd., the firm that provided pro bono restoration services on the memorial in 2000.

The program will be moderated by Veletta Forsythe Lill, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. on June 15 in the Museum's seventh floor south gallery. Following the discussion are a wine and cheese reception and a book signing by Mr. Welch and an optional walk to the Kennedy Memorial (weather permitting) where Phoenix I will unveil its most recent contribution to the site: new gold leaf applied to the letters in the name John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the black granite slab in the middle of the memorial.

Seating for the program is no longer available however, the public is invited to the 7:30 unveiling at the memorial on 646 Main Street.

This evening is presented by the American Institute of Architects of Dallas, the Dallas Architecture Forum and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

For more information, visit www.jfk.org/go/events or call 214-747-6660.

About the Participants:

The American Institute of Architects Dallas is the Dallas chapter of the American Institute for Architects, a voice of the architectural profession dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value and improving the quality of the built environment.

The Dallas Architecture Forum provides a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in-and for-the Dallas area. The Forum offers presentations of architecture through public lectures by designers, critics and historians; through topical discussions and through occasional study tours to buildings and cities locally and throughout the world.

Veletta Forsythe Lill is Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District, an organization dedicated to stimulating the economic and cultural life of the region through the development and promotion of Dallas' downtown arts district. Long active in civic affairs and the arts, Lill previously served eight years on the Dallas City Council.

Dale Sellers of Phoenix I Restoration & Construction, Ltd. executed pro bono restoration services on the Kennedy Memorial in 2000. In honor of the memorial's 40th anniversary, Phoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd. and Robert Alden Marshall Art Conservation will donate gold gilded engraving to restore the memorial once again.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historical Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.

Frank Welch, FAIA, is principal of the award-winning architectural firm Frank Welch and Associates of Dallas. He frequently writes and lectures on architecture and has also served as a visiting critic and interim professor at several colleges and universities. His book, Philip Johnson & Texas, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2000.


About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Visit www.jfk.org for more.

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