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Centennial Hall

Showcasing the world since 1905


AN EXHIBITION SPACE AS BIG AS TEXAS

Centennial Hall is a gargantuan exhibition venue. It offers 95,000 square feet of space in which exhibitors showcase products of every shape and size during the State Fair of Texas. The building also hosts special events such as health fairs and cultural celebrations.

The current hall is actually the amalgam of different buildings constructed at different times. One stage of the structure, which people called the Exposition Building, dates to 1905. The remainder was developed in 1935 and 1936 in advance of the Texas Centennial Exposition.

A REPOSITORY OF BEAUTIFUL ARTWORKS

The Centennial Hall features two large murals by Italian artist Carlo Ciampaglia and three statues, one of which is tucked into each portico. Designed by Jose Martin, the female figures represent Spain, the Confederacy and the Republic of Texas. Surrounding the statues are numerous, exquisite bas-reliefs and wall paintings.

The structure's three porticoes and its monumental statues reflect the "Texanic" style that architect George Dahl developed for many of the buildings constructed for the exposition.

WHERE IS IT?

As you enter the main gate into Fair Park off of Parry Avenue, it is to the left of the Esplanade.


Man and Angel by Pierre Bourdelle on Centennial Hall