Written by Shirley T
Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00
When we visited Dallas's West End Historic District, we came across a red-brick building named 'Dallas County Administration Building' located a block away from Old Red Museum. Sixth Floor Museum sign is posted on its wall confirmed our instinct that this building was formerly known as 'Texas School Book Depository' - the building that gained a sudden interest in the aftermath of late President John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas.
Precisely, the address of this building is 411 Elm Street. This land was originally owned by John Neely Bryan. In 1894, Rock Island Plow company purchased the site and constructed a five-story building four years later. In 1901, lighting stuck and burned almost to the ground resulted it to be rebuilt in 1903. Erected in Romanesque Revival Style, the building was expanded to seven stories like what we see today.
On 22 November 1963, the former US Marine Lee Harvey Oswald who worked as temporarily staff in the building fired rifle shots from six-floor into President John F. Kennedy's motorcade.
In 1977, the government of Dallas County bought the premise and use for administration. Sixth floor is put as the exhibition center on the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy featuring photographs, artifacts, historic film and audio tour. Seventh floor serves as a gallery with rotating exhibits throughout the year.
Today, this building is recorded under Texas Historic Landmark.
Direction to get there?
411 Elm Street
Dallas TX 75202
Phone: (214) 747 6660
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