Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2011 Page: 26
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The centrality of the Hall of State in the design of the Centennial grounds was emphasized by the dramatic lighting,
created by 24 searchlights.
the Hall of State to the San Jacinto Monument
near Houston and convert the building into
the headquarters of the Liquor Control Board.
This threat aroused G. B. Dealey, who persuaded
the city to honor its contract.2 Finally signed
on February 25, 1938, this contract required
the city "to keep and maintain the Texas State
building in a proper manner.3" And on May 20,
1938, the Dallas Historical Society entered into
a contract with the City of Dallas to occupy the
Hall of State and "to make and provide all rules
and regulations for the operation and use of the
said museum, exhibits, and the building."31 The
staff began moving into the building during the
summer, and on October 12, during the State
Fair, evening ceremonies marked the Society's
official takeover of the structure.32
And so, in only the tiniest fraction of the
time it took to construct the cathedrals and
shrines of Europe, the Hall of State rose on the
State Fair grounds in Dallas. It remains a place
of awe and wonder, but also a place of learning
and even of festivity. It stands as a memorial not
only to the heroes of early Texas but also to the
dedicated men and women who created it and
have nurtured it over the years. *
This article is adapted from a paper presented at the
Hall of State in 2004. The author also wishes to
acknowledge the research of Marcel Quimby, FAIA,
as shared in her paper "Texas Centennial Architects:
1936 and Beyond" at the 12h Annual Legacies
Dallas History Conference.
26 LEGACIES Spring 2011
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Dallas Historical Society. Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2011, periodical, 2011; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth204538/m1/28/?q=centennial%20museums: accessed February 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Historical Society.