WEISS / MANFREDI SELECTED TO REIMAGINE FORMER JAIL ON THE TRINITY RIVER IN DALLAS
AUGUST 20, 2020- Trinity Park Conservancy in Dallas, Texas announced today the selection of WEISS/MANFREDI as design architect to bring new life to the former Jesse R. Dawson State Jail at 106 West Commerce Street. Dallas-based Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects (MMDA) will serve as the local architect. The project team will work with the Conservancy to integrate the building and its surrounding neighborhoods into Harold Simmons Park (Park), the planned 200+ acre park designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) along the Trinity River, connecting downtown Dallas to West and South Dallas.
"We are inspired by the potential of 106 W Commerce to create a dynamic community destination and gateway to Harold Simmons Park, and are thrilled to begin work with the Trinity Park Conservancy, the Dallas community, and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to create an open and inviting civic hub for the Park and its surrounding communities," said Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.
"The Conservancy is so pleased to choose WEISS/MANFREDI and MMDA to reimagine this building to be a magnet for drawing people from all over the city into the Park, connecting them to nature and each other," says Deedie Rose, Chair of the Conservancy's Board of Directors. "It will provide an essential part of the public health infrastructure in our city that will create jobs, stimulate economic development and provide critical green space." Read the press release here.