Destination Deco: Dallas–Fort Worth

Destination Deco: Dallas–Fort Worth


When: May 3–5, 2019

Where: Dallas and Fort Worth Texas


About the Event:

Join the Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) and our hosts, Jim Parsons and David Bush––architectural historians and authors of DFW Art Deco; Fair Park Deco: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial; and more––for a private VIP tour that will offer a dazzling and informative look at the extraordinary architecture and design of the 1920s and 1930s in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

In this in-depth exploration––designed just for ADSNY––we will see interwar architecture and design that reflects the rise and fall of the 1920s and 30s economy of Dallas and Fort Worth, from flamboyant Art Deco towers to more modest Art Moderne structures. We will see how elegant and sophisticated Art Deco towers illustrate how the 1920s economy flourished when the region experienced major petroleum discoveries and a burgeoning aircraft industry. We will also see wonderful examples of pared down modernistic federal buildings, post offices, and schools that were constructed following the 1929 stock market crash, when 1930s economic stimulus programs poured into the area. As a special treat, we will also spend a day exploring the architecture, art, and design of one of the world’s only remaining 1930s, Art Deco World’s Fair grounds––Fair Park. We will even get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the archives of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.

Highlights will include:

  • Discounted rates at Art Deco Cambria Hotel
  • A walking tour of the 20s and 30s icons in downtown Dallas
  • A bus trip with walking tours to explore treasures in Fort Worth
  • A walking tour of the beautifully restored 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition fair grounds with leading experts
  • A private visit to the Fair Park archives in the Hall of State
  • Special access into Deco lobbies and interiors
  • Group meals in famed Dallas and Fort Worth eateries
  • A private reception in a 1938 Streamline Moderne home
    . . . and more

This tour is limited in size and is exclusively for current ADSNY members. Space is extremely limited; you are urged to reserve your place quickly. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Two nights at the Cambria Hotel in Downtown Dallas:

  • $169 for per room per night + tax
    Programs begin early on Friday, May 3; attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive the evening of Thursday, May 2.

Our point of departure for this adventure will be the authentic Deco Cambria hotel in downtown Dallas, originally the 1930s Tower Petroleum office building. This gem was inspired by modern American setback architecture, which the architects saw on visits to New York and Chicago. The building features a wonderful setback design and the Deco modernistic motifs decorating the base are continued throughout.

You are responsible for booking your own hotel accommodations. The discounted rate at the host hotel will be honored before and/or after the program. While special discounted pricing and breakfasts have been arranged for this program at the Cambria Hotel––our host hotel––you have the option of lodging anywhere of your choosing. However, most scheduled activities will begin and end at the host hotel.

Upon receipt of your deposit for the program, ADSNY will provide you with instructions on how to contact the host hotel to reserve your room(s). The hotel has its own cancellation policies. Please check these policies when booking your stay.


Day 1: Fort Worth

Friday, May 3, 2019

Our program begins Friday morning with an engaging introductory presentation by Jim Parsons and David Bush introducing us on how Dallas and Fort Worth utilized Deco architecture and design as a way to quickly update their image to a modern, prosperous region. After the stage is set for the weekend’s festivities, we will be off to Fort Worth for an exciting day of walking tours and special access.

Highlights of the day will include visits to:

  • The stunning, Depression era courthouse on the National Register of Historic Places, which symbolized growth and renewed optimism in Fort Worth upon its 1934 completion
  • Several municipal buildings, one that features a unique Spanish-inspired Deco style
  • The spectacularly restored waiting room of the sprawling Art Deco Texas and Pacific passenger terminal railway station
  • The building largely hailed as Fort Worth’s finest Deco tower, sometimes referred to as Zigzag Moderne thanks to its many ziggurat inspired elements on doorways, windows, and in the shape of the building
  • An exclusive reception, just for ADSNY members, in a private Art Deco residence

No visit to Fort Worth would be complete without acknowledging the city’s unique heritage as the gateway to the west. The marathon day will conclude with a group dinner at the Stockyards National Historic District.


Day 2: Fair Park

Saturday, May 4, 2019

This special day will give us a first-hand, exclusive glimpse into what it might have been like to attend a 1930s World’s Fair! With our expert guides, we will step back in time to learn how Fair Park is not only one of the finest collections of Art Deco architecture in the country, but how it became the embodiment of Texan swagger and a testament to the Texanic task of creating a dazzling spectacle during the darkest days of the Great Depression.

Our activities will include:

  • An exploration of the architecture, landscape design, statuary, and murals of the Esplanade of State
  • A stop to see the Woofus––easily one of the most unique Art Deco sculptures at the fairgrounds––in what was the Agriculture and Livestock area of the Fair
  • Interior visits to restored pavilions and exhibitor booths, including the Hall of State, as well as stops to see interiors that have been virtually untouched since the Fair closed
  • A behind-the-scenes tour with the Dallas Historical Society to see their archive of items related to the Texas Centennial A catered lunch at Fair Park…and so much more!

Following our all-encompassing walking tour of the Fair, we will return to the Cambria hotel for a short break to rest and freshen up before we set out for our group dinner in downtown Dallas.


Day 3: Downtown Dallas

Sunday, May 5, 2019

For our final day in Dallas we will set out on foot from our hotel to see the city’s most impressive Art Deco structures.

Highlights of the day will include visits to:

  • The Dallas Power & Light Building, now converted to luxury condominiums
  • The late Moderne style Masonic Temple, which boasts a sleek black granite entrance with silver metalwork
  • The Warner Brothers Film Exchange building, which features a unique Zigzag Moderne Art Deco facade including striking cast-stone reliefs and black marble

Following the tour, the program officially concludes with a group lunch so that attendees may enjoy an afternoon exploring Dallas at their own pace.



If you are interested in joining the program please contact ADSNY at (212) 679-3326.

Current Members: $1,250.00 per person.

Program price includes:

  • All tours
  • All admissions
  • All gratuities
  • All breakfasts for those staying at the host hotel
  • All lunches
  • Two dinners at quintessentially Texas restaurants
  • One glass of wine will be included in each of these dinners
  • Travel by deluxe motor coach for selected planned activities
  • Audio assistance devices will be provided for all attendees on walking tours

Program price does not include:

  • Travel to and from Dallas
  • Ground transportation to and from airport/train station
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Non-scheduled visits and activities



All payments are final there are no refunds or exchanges. We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. Insurance companies offering cancellation policies can be found online. Payment of your fee represents your acceptance of the following terms and conditions. ADSNY shall not be liable and does not assume responsibility for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss whether to person or property arising out of any injury, accident, death, cancellation, delay, alteration, or inconvenience resulting from any act of omission, commission or inadvertence of any hotel, carrier, restaurant or other company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour or its pre- and post-tour arrangements, or caused by weather, sickness, strikes, or the willful or negligent acts of any other tour members or any cause whatsoever beyond the control of the Art Deco Society of New York. It is understood that there may be changes in the itinerary subject to weather or unexpected circumstances. In all cases, ADSNY will make every attempt to substitute other events of equal value and interest. ADSNY events may be photographed or recorded. By attending this event, you consent to the use of your image and voice by ADSNY for all non-commercial, nonprofit purposes.

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