The LBJ Plaza

The LBJ Plaza (HMNXY)

Location: Austin, TX 78712 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 17.127', W 97° 43.729'

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The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and opened in the spring of 1971. The design featured the monumental library building clad in Roman travertine and an expansive plaza paved in travertine and terrazzo. On the plaza are three square fountains.

In 2009, due to significant deterioration caused by water infiltration, the plaza was rebuilt as seen today. Working closely with the Texas Historical Commission, The University of Texas and the National Archives and Records Administration replaced the existing paving materials with granite and reinterpreted the fountains as planting areas. In collaboration with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, native plants were selected to make the plaza more hospitable and environmentally responsible.

The plaza is now an important feature of the Lady Bird Johnson Center, a tribute to the First Lady. Mrs. Johnson is remembered as an advocate of education, the mother of the environmental movement, and a person of tremendous charm and grace. The Lady Bird Johnson Center with its redesigned plaza supports the mission of the Library as a place of education and learning, reflecting the warmth and hospitality of Mrs. Johnson and her love of our beautiful Texas landscape.

The photograph above depicts the original design. A section of the original paving is preserved at the northwest quadrant of the plaza.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 1:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 622255 N 3351100
Decimal Degrees30.28545000, -97.72881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 17.127', W 97° 43.729'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 17' 7.62" N, 97° 43' 43.74" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712, US
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