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  5. Perkins+Will
  6. 2017
  7. Emancipation Park Expansion and Renovation / Perkins+Will

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Emancipation Park Expansion and Renovation / Perkins+Will

  • 15:00 - 14 February, 2018
Emancipation Park Expansion and Renovation / Perkins+Will
Emancipation Park Expansion and Renovation / Perkins+Will, © Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice
  • Area

    16000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineer

    MMSA
  • Civil Engineer

    Gunda
  • MEP Engineers

    Rice & Gardner
  • Landscape Architect

    M2L Associates Inc.
  • Sculptural Fabrication

    Demiurge LLC
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

Text description provided by the architects. In Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood, Perkins+Will has transformed the historic Emancipation Park into an interwoven tapestry of buildings and landscape that celebrate the park's rich history while embracing the present and future of its community.

© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth
Site Plan
Site Plan
© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

Established in 1872 by four former slaves who pooled their funds to purchase ten acres of open space, Emancipation Park commemorates the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, today celebrated as Juneteenth. Until the 1950s, it was the only public park and swimming pool in Houston that was open to African Americans. The condition of the park had grown tired and underused when Perkins+Will was commissioned to restore it, including refurbishing landscapes and playgrounds, renovating two historic buildings, and designing a new building and plaza.

© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

Consistent with the 1938 Hare & Hare plan for the park, the new design organizes major commemorative elements (a repurposed community center, renovated and expanded pool house, and a new recreation center) along a large entry plaza – Founder’s Promenade. This new central spine is anchored on one end by the indoor/outdoor stage of the Community Center and extends to a grand gateway sculpture commemorating the movement from slavery to freedom. Its landscape stitches together entrances of each building with a flowing texture that branches out to activate and connect perimeter zones of the park.

© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth
Renovated Aquatic Center Plan
Renovated Aquatic Center Plan
© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

The new Recreation Center is clad in colorful composite panels on the east and west facades. The rust and earth-tone colors of the panels echo the familiar patina of nearby shotgun house roofs and the red brick foundations of historical homes in the neighborhood. A large porch connects the interior of the building to the plaza and mimics in scale the native live oak trees that were carefully preserved during the project. Altogether, the new Emancipation Park reflects the pride, resilience, and hope its founders expressed when they established the park 145 years ago.

© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth
New Building Plan
New Building Plan
© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Emancipation Park Expansion and Renovation / Perkins+Will" 14 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/889059/historic-emancipation-park-perkins-plus-will/> ISSN 0719-8884