John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, Dallas

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The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a monument to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA) erected in 1970, and designed by noted architect Philip Johnson.DescriptionThe John F. Kennedy Memorial was the first memorial by famed American architect and Kennedy family friend, Philip Johnson, and was approved by Jacqueline Kennedy. Johnson called it "a place of quiet refuge, an enclosed place of thought and contemplation separated from the city around, but near the sky and earth." The citizens of Dallas funded its construction entirely.The simple, concrete memorial to President Kennedy dominates a square in downtown Dallas owned by Dallas County. It is bordered by Main, Record, Elm and Market Streets, and is one block east of Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was assassinated.Philip Johnson's design is a cenotaph, or empty tomb, that symbolizes the freedom of Kennedy’s spirit. The memorial is a square, roofless room, 30 feet (9 m) high and 50 (15 m) by 50 feet (15 m) wide with two narrow openings facing north and south. The walls consist of 72 white precast concrete columns, most of which seem to float with no visible support two feet above the earth. Eight columns extend to the ground, acting as legs that seem to hold up the monument. Each column ends in a light fixture. At night, the lights create the illusion that the structure is supported by the light itself. The corners and “doors” of this roofless room are decorated with rows of concrete circles, or medallions, each identical and perfectly aligned. These decorations introduce the circular shape into the square architecture of the Kennedy Memorial.
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  • We visited the memorial after having lunch nearby. I wouldn’t make a trip to see it unless you have a particular interest in it or if you are in the area anyway.  more »
  • It only requires a short visit but is a fitting way to end your JFK tour in Dallas and is just a 5 min walk from the 6th-floor museum  more »
  • Unless you have a deep love for history, i think as a casual tourist just walking by this and little reading is good enough.  more »
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  • not my style but I still appreciate the memorial. the grass around it is a nice phase for a picnic or to just take a break and relax. bring a towel or blanket for maximum comfort.
  • This is a little bit further from the JFK sixth floor museum than I thought the definitely worth the to block walk because you are also pretty to about 12 other historical sites within a couple of blocks. My advice would be to come here right as the lights turn on because it is much more impressive!
  • Brings back memories. Most info there available online but it is interesting to be in the actual building/floor and look out the window where Oswald was at. Best parking at the museum
  • Historical site .Places of importance clearly marked with huge white"X" on the ground. Always a crowd meandering around taking pictures or meditating in silent reverence. There is actually about a five or six block circle of places of interest concerning this.Bring flats so you will be comfortable walking it. Driving this site will not let you inhale the significance.as far as wheel chair assessable, you can navigate around the streets just fine but the curb side stores are a different story. Some have steps that lead up to their doors. Though not steep, it can be precarious if in a wheelchair. Other stores have single wide doors which can also pose a possible problem. I wouldn't left this stop me from going though. Just know options for stores on this route are limited.
  • Very simple, but very effective memorial. A great man who had his faults like every human does. One of the greatest public servants this country has known
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