June 2 - June 29, 2017

Reception: June 2, 2017; 6 - 9pm


Tandy Hills Natural Area (THNA) is a 160-acre city-owned natural area, an indigenous remnant of the Fort Worth prairie located in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. Noted for its unusually complete collection of prairie flora, THNA contains more than 600 native plant species and hosts a show of spring wildflowers unsurpassed in the Metroplex. Its unique character, central location, and growing popularity with connoisseurs of outdoor beauty and experience made a partnership with the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects a natural fit. The Tandy Hills Natural Area Pavilion Competition drew twenty imaginative, professional design submissions addressing shelter, public gathering, and observation of the natural area.

Jurors Willis Winter, FAIA, Joe McCall, FAIA, and Mark Wellen, FAIA, each recognized with the highest membership honor for their excellent work and contributions to architecture and society, carefully reviewed all submissions, evaluating each for design excellence and compatibility with THNA’s distinctive qualities.

Pavilion on the Prairie, submitted by Dennehy Architects including design team members Dennis Chiessa, AIA, Don Gatzke, AIA, and, Paul Dennehy AIA, received the jury’s highest praise for the “compelling strength of the design” and how the pavilion is “slowly revealed…gradually continuing to unfold through the dynamic linear processional engagement with the site.”

Next steps: Based on input from the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area and other project stakeholders, Dennehy Architects will refine their final design and budget, allowing FOTHNA to build community-wide support for this prestigious project, the first of its kind in the City of Fort Worth.

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