Winner of the 2006 ASLA General Design Award of Honor, the Henry C. Beck Park is a privately-owned public space created in tribute to Henry C. Beck, Jr., founder of Beck Construction and one of Dallas’ great and innovative contractors of the 1960’s.

Located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Beck Park is a small and intimate space, notable for its detail, limited material palette, and spatial layout, dictated by existing land contours and the desire to preserve existing large oaks.

Two white, bush-hammered concrete walls—chosen to allude to Beck’s contribution to the world of construction—emerge from the landscape and intersect in a cross formation, creating four independent “rooms,” each offering a different focus and experience. At the point of intersection, a water feature fed by a 60-foot copper-lined water runnel spills over into a basin lined with crushed bluestone surrounded by a zero-edge pool.

A grove of October Glory Maples and moveable tables and seating occupy the largest room; the smallest is quiet and contemplative. Beck Park can be viewed from above by a short elevated walkway linking offices and retail with the street.

About the Journey:

Hi! My name is Lucy Wang and I'm a recent landscape architecture grad from the University of Maryland. I'm currently traveling the U.S. (and parts of Canada) by public transportation for the next several months in search of great, publicly-accessible landscape architecture sites, as well as landscape architecture firms and universities. I'll be sharing some of my favorite finds on Land8 along the way. For more information, check out my profile.  As always, feel free to leave a comment below!

Where I've been:

Waterfall Garden Park, Seattle

Tanner Springs Park, Portland

California Academy of Sciences Green Roof, San Francisco

Citygarden, St. Louis

Gary Comer Youth Center Green Roof, Chicago

Chop Stick, Indianapolis

Lafayette Greens, Downtown Detroit

Yorkville Park, Toronto

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Comment by Pisit Wongpisit on February 16, 2013 at 11:35pm

Good place and very beautiful photo

Thanks for sharing

Comment by Chris D on February 7, 2013 at 3:56pm

Thanks for the photos, sounds like a great trip too, good to hear good stories coming out the US, good luck

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