Towering between the Centennial and Automobile buildings, the Hall of State is a historic centerpiece located on the Esplanade across from the Fair’s main entrance. Formally known as the State of Texas Building, the Hall of State is home to the Dallas Historical Society, as well as some of the most breathtaking Art Deco designs in the world. Adding the Hall of State and its exhibits is definitely a must when planning your To-Do List. Don’t forget to look up and admire all the beautiful detail in the building.
Back in 1936 during the Texas Centennial Exposition, a fan-like display of bright lights appeared nightly across the center of the Hall of State. An admirable sight, the State Fair is excited to bring back the tradition. With a brand new, energy-efficient lighting on the storied building, the lit up building will be a sight Dallas has not seen in over 80 years.
As for the exhibits showcased on the inside, The Hall of State welcomes artwork from a well-known and very talented cartoonist, John Knott. Visit the “Drawing Power: The Editorial Art of John Knott” and admire Knott’s collection of drawings. With more than 15,000 pieces from his 52-year history of working for The Dallas Morning News, the artwork will reveal every possible aspect of the public’s interest throughout the years – some of which we can still relate to today!
Lastly, did you know this year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I? The Hall of State will feature a commemorative exhibit called, “Texas in the First World War” during the run of the Fair. This exhibit will provide fairgoers an in-depth look into our Lone Star State history and its role throughout the war. In addition, the exhibit will present wartime memorabilia, including vehicles in front of The Hall, such as a Model T ambulance and a 1917 Indian motorcycle. During your visit to the Fair, be sure to explore the exhibit, and take time to learn some history of our great state and nation!
Don’t wait in line to get your Fair ticket, buy one online HERE! Once you’ve greeted Big Tex and gotten your first Fletcher’s Corny Dog of the season, make a left and head on down Lonestar Boulevard to the Hall of State!