Science Place II and WRR Radio Studios
When the Hall of Domestic Arts, now Science Place II, opened in 1936 at the corner of what was then San Jacinto and Goliad Drives (now First Avenue and M. L. King, Jr. Blvd.), it was declared to be "one of the most beautiful of the many permanent halls at the Centennial Exposition." Its cost was $90,000. The south entrance to this building features semi-circular portico with tall, cut-stone pillars. Its design is said to be a "blending of Georgian and Colonial influences with modern classic architecture." The walls, which have tall windows at intervals, are faced with Ashlar stone, a type of native Texas limestone, and are trimmed with brick facings and cut-stone insets.
Following the Texas Centennial Exposition, this building housed the Dallas Science and Health Museum. After the Art Museum moved downtown and its old home became Science Place I, this structure was renamed Science Place II.
When I last visited, in early 2004, the building was undergoing renovation but the Planetarium continues to offer its regular schedule of shows. A small collection of space-related items, including a replica of a lunar sample from one of the Apollo missions of the early 1970s, can be seen on the ground floor but these may soon be replaced or upgraded.
Immediately next-door to Science Place II is the home of city-owned radio station WRR (FM 101.1). It is the only classical music station in North Texas and one of the very few municipally-owned stations in the United States. It was begun in the early 1920s by Henry "Dad" Garrett, the great-uncle of the author of this Web site. To learn more about Garrett and how the station got started, read: "Dad Garrett: The Wizard of Dallas, Texas" in the history journal Legacies.
To learn more about the station or to listen online, visit the WRR Web site.
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