Renderings courtesy of Joseph Lock

A local architect proposes installing an artistic outdoor pavilion for daily community use in Casa Linda near White Rock Lake.

“This is all conceptual, but I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback, and I wanted to get the news out there and get people excited about it,” architect Joseph Lock said. “During the day, people could take their lunches there, and at night, it could be used for music.”

The proposed site for the pavilion is located about a quarter mile southwest of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard in the 9300 block of Garland Road.

“What strikes me about that intersection is that there are already several landmarks,” Lock said. “There’s the Arboretum and the Bath House. Something in the immediate visibility of travelers on Garland seemed like the ideal site for an outdoor pavilion and event space.”

The concept for the pavilion was inspired by the surrounding buildings. The facades of two 1950s brick buildings — a two-story medical office and a vacant church — were superimposed on each other. The collage was then translated into a free-standing pavilion made of steel, cable railing and porous metal panels.

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“The look of the piece is an artistic, industrial look, but it’s a reflection of materials along that stretch. There’s a lot of old brick buildings, and I’m expressing that style through new materials.”

Lock grew up in Casa Linda and attended high school at Bishop Lynch. He studied architecture at Texas A&M before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked at an architectural installation studio. He moved back to Dallas three years ago and wanted to continue working on outdoor sculptures and spaces.

“The neighborhood has grown up and matured quite a bit,” Lock said. “Just look at Garland Road. This East Dallas stretch is just the most pure Dallas. It draws the biggest and the most diverse crowd. These types of landmarks are going to draw even more people.”

An estimated cost is not yet known. It depends on building materials and site work.

Lock proposed paying for the pavilion through artist grants or crowdfunding. He said he hopes to talk with local government officials soon to discuss the options.


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