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Kelly Snook, ASLA, 2010 Chapter President
Margaret Robinson, ASLA, 2011 Chapter President


The Texas ASLA Chapter had two inductees in the 2010 ASLA Class of Fellows, including:

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Earl Broussard, FASLA, TBG Partners, Austin.
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James Richards Jr., FASLA, Townscape Inc., Fort Worth.
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A source of pride for the Texas Chapter occurred in 2010 with the addition of Heritage Park Plaza in Fort Worth to the National Register of Historic Places.

Heritage Park Plaza, a seminal work of landscape architecture by Presidential Medal of Arts winner Lawrence Halprin, was dedicated on July 4, 1976 and opened in 1980. It is the only site officially developed by Fort Worth in commemoration of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration; and the site was once the location of the 19th century fort that preceded the city’s founding. The news of this designation will further energize local efforts to revitalize this Modernist design, which has been closed to the public since 2007.

According to information in the nomination to the National Register (submitted by the Texas Historical Commission), Heritage Park Plaza is a half-acre of “interconnected rooms constructed from concrete and activated throughout by flowing water walls, channels and pools; each room contains plant materials in a structured grid that includes upper and lower lawns. An elevated walkway over the bluff grants access to vistas across the Trinity River Valley.

Heritage Park Plaza evokes the architectural ruins of the city’s earliest days and provides an abstracted historical interpretation, with the vista of the [Trinity] river’s confluence and subsequent urban growth as a magnificent backdrop. More than any other public park in Fort Worth, Halprin’s Heritage Park Plaza is evocative and respectful of the city’s past and simultaneously optimistic about its future, as expressed in its combination of modern building materials and methods with symbolic forms, native place species, and water.

“In addition to its significance to Fort Worth, Heritage Park Plaza is of national significance as the design precursor to the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. All of the contributing design elements Halprin employed in Fort Worth – the sequence of outdoor rooms, the application of narrative art, and the use of water to move you through and animate the public spaces – are refined and incorporated into the FDR Memorial, which opened to the public 17 years later,” said Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. “Another reason this designation is important is that it substantially breaks through the National Register’s tradition of not recognizing works of landscape architecture less than 50 years of age.

To view more reports from the 2010 ASLA Chapter Reports click here.

 


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