April 5, 2016 - Auditorium Lakewood Library.
Today we got to see a comprehensive historical and cultural presentation about the Dallas Arts District and ask questions of two individuals associated with it's history. The presentation was excellent; and the one question asked at the end which floated across my mind during the presentation was not answered to my satisfaction. The question concerned the Museum Tower which was allowed to be built, and opened in 2012.
Veletta Lill, Founding Executive Director of The Dallas Arts District, and former city council representative introduced Speaker, Chris Heinbaugh - Vice President of External Affairs for AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Mr Heinbaugh is a formal journalist and staff member for Mayor Tom Leppert. His association with the AT&T PAC gives him a unique perspective to speak about the history of the Dallas Arts District. (See the link below for history of the Dallas Arts District.)
Then Architect Val Hawes was introduced. Mr Hawes worked with Raymond and Patsy Nasher when they decided to donate not only their personal sculpture collection but the funds necessary to build a world-class facility to showcase it. Hawes provided the audience with the names and side stories of all the world famous architects, many of them Pritzker Prize winners, who added their unique style to the Dallas Arts District.
Finally, Mr. Hawes was asked about the Museum Tower; he visibly sighed, expressing deep disappointment and stated that greed was the motivation of the persons behind the plans and construction of that building.
My questions about the Museum Tower and it's glaring presence are still unanswered:
- How was such a building allowed to be built?
- Was no overlay in place for nearby construction to protect the Arts District?
- How are we not getting a favorable resolution that protects our Arts District today?
- How has this issue fallen off the radar?