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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 5 Dec 2011

Today in the roundup: An architectural gem in Fort Worth, the importance of Dallas’ deck park and the case of the missing belt buckle.


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: By day, Robert McAn is the head of membership and special events at the Kimbell Art Museum. By night (and weekend) he’s a mixed-media artist whose studio is the garage of the house next door to his. His house doesn’t have room for a studio – but it does have a lot of other things going for it. That’s because it is one of the few true mid-century modern houses in the city. Take a tour, and learn more about McAn’s art – in a dfw.com feature.

MISSING MEMORABILIA: Heritage Auctions has offices in Dallas and Beverly Hills and handles thousands of items each year. That means a lot of valuable pieces pass through those offices. And, unfortunately, a few of those items occasionally get lost. That seems to be what’s happened to a belt buckle with ties to the John Wayne movie Red River. The story of its owner and just how Heritage will make the situation right is the subject of a nytimes.com story.

QUOTABLE: “The deck park, to me, is one of those pivotal moves that few cities have the nerve to do. The problem Dallas’ inner city has is it was brutalized by huge transportation works after the war. It was hurt as a city. Yes, it provided major transportation access, which mostly facilitated the growth of the far suburbs. But it did it at significant cost to the city itself. So the deck park is important because it illustrates how you tie things back together.”

– Larry Beasley, lead consultant to the Dallas CityDesign Studio, in a Q&A with dallasnews.com.