Come downtown with us today as we take in the "Building Toys and Toy Buildings" exhibit at the Dallas Center for Architecture.
Description: "Lincoln Logs. TinkerToys. Erector Sets. LEGO. And, of course, the humble wooden block. The timeline of the toys that we’ve used to build our fantasy buildings, towns and towers is long and varied...The exhibition includes a wide spectrum of vintage and modern toys, including unusual examples like the Eames House of Cards, AstroBrite and Girder and Panel Sets. A section of the exhibition examines a variety of blocks—from German stone Anchor Blocks dating from the early 1900’s to the colored Playskool wooden blocks that have been a part of so many toy boxes for decades. Additionally, the show looks at the various toy buildings in existence, with a special emphasis on doll houses, including one of the first Barbie Dream Houses and a house built by an architect for his daughter in the 1970’s. Also included are groups of buildings from the Fisher-Price collection and the metal toys of the Marx Company. A highlight of the show is a 6-foot tall K’Nex Ferris Wheel made up of 8,550 individual pieces.
While the exhibit itself is “hands-off,” visitors will have the chance to design and build their own structure with blocks, TinkerToys and LEGOs in our “Construction Zone.”
After the exhibit, we will head down to the nearby original El Fenix, (established in 1925!) for a tasty Tex-Mex lunch!