Encore Park Presents

508 PARK

Unique. Legendary. Historical.

At 508 Park, a beautiful Art Deco building, in downtown Dallas, historic recordings were made in the 1930s. Now, Encore Park is making history as it renovates the building, reclaims its history, and creates innovative outreach programs.

 
 
 
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Vision

Our vision is to vibrantly renovate 508 Park and to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about its storied past, enjoy Encore Park’s innovative programming, and utilize our unique creative resources. We like to think of the Western Wind, depicted on the front of 508 Park, represented in Greek mythology by Zephyrus, as the guiding spirit for our vision.

 
 

Architecture

508 Park is a ZigZag Moderne Art Deco styled building located in the Harwood Historic District in the south east quadrant of downtown Dallas. 508 Park is both distinctive and utilitarian in its original design. The ZigZag Moderne facade includes custom cast-stone reliefs of Greek mythology and black marble. The building itself is utilitarian in that it was constructed as a fire and explosion resistant warehouse for housing combustible silver nitrate films.   

Learn more about the architecture.

 
 

The significance of any building is what we put into it. A building is just bricks and mortar. But 508 Park Avenue is one of two buildings that has a connection with and is part of the story of two of the most important recording sessions in American history.

Michael Taft
American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress