What To Do Tonight: Drink Drinks and Admire Design at ROCKITECTURE


Greg Brown is the Dallas Center for Architecture Program Director and on the ROCKITECTURE Planning Committee. ROCKITECTURE is part of Architecture360, a month’s worth of public programming in April being presented by AIA Dallas and Dallas Center for Architecture.

Each year, the Dallas Center For Architecture chooses an architectural gem it wants to celebrate, then puts on a soiree in it perfectly suited for those into architecture and design. That evening is known as ROCKITECTURE, and it is tonight at downtown’s recently renovated, totally cool, Renaissance Revival-styled Federal Building and Post Office (which originally opened in 1930.) There are still a few tickets available, which you can purchase here.

If knowing you’ll get to hang with D Magazine’s Krista Nightengale isn’t enough to sway you, how about a sneak peek of some items sure to draw off the gloves for hand to hand silent auction combat:

Art is always a highlight and this year is no exception. We’ll have a number of large-scale works, including the geometric Mad Men-ish work by the late architect John Barthel, shown above. (Barthel once worked with George Dahl, designer of the Texas Centennial Exposition and the Dallas public library adjacent to the Statler Hilton.)


Speaking of Mr. Dahl, he will be represented with a framed print of his Fair Park work alongside art and jewelry by a score of Dallas architects, including Jan and Craig Blackmon, Betsy del Monte and Bryce Weigand who donated a watercolor painting and a handcrafted bootjack sure to bring out the cowboy in all of us.

And no need to hit the Design District stores this week. They have provided a selection of items to upgrade your home décor, including a handcrafted rug, beautiful large-scale bowl and a pair of whimsical owls from sculptor Brad Oldham.

Experiences near and far are available, too—from dinners at The Mercury Grill and Lavendou Bistro to 2014 Dallas International Film Festival and Savor Dallas passes. There’s also a week stay at an amazing Beaver Creek getaway and VIP trips to the U.S. Capitol, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, and the wine regions of Sonoma and Napa.

You’re tempted now, right? So get your tickets already, and we’ll see you tonight!