Lower Dexter Park

 29 Dexter Before  Replica Facade


The new Lower Dexter Park will open in spring 2018.  Salvaged 1940s glass block and salvaged white and blue vitrolite tiles from the original façade will grace the new, recreated entry through to the public park. 

The former Montgomery Fair department store building, at 24 North Court Street, where Mrs. Rosa Parks worked as a seamstress, burned down in 1984. It left behind parts of two adjoining, damaged annex buildings.  One, at 22 Monroe Street was converted in recent years to residential units. The other is 29 Dexter.

The Montgomery Fair Replica Facade and 29 Dexter Pocket Park project was developed as a solution to provide egress for adjacent buildings at 25 Dexter, 35 Dexter, and into the gorgeous Kress Building of 1929, at 39 Dexter. The renovations and reimaging of these buildings could not occur without this egress. This unique public space will play a very functional role to serve the needs of the adjacent building owners and tenants.  

The replica facade will be held up with a steel sub-frame. The street-level area will remain completely open to ensure connection to the street for pedestrians. There will be no glazing in the four windows to maximize breeze and light. 
For the pocket park, the roof will be open to allow visitors to observe and enjoy the adjacent buildings. The plan designers did not think it felt right to interrupt these walls, so the deck floats and flows like an observation space for users. Planting strips at the back and on some edges are filled with native grasses to create movement, places for benches and to increase drainage below and away from adjacent buildings. 


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Lower Dexter Park Informational Panel Final


Lower Dexter Park Information Panel

Montgomery Fair Replica Facade and Pocket Park Photo Galleries

For an informational brochure about the Arcade's History and the New Pocket Park, click here



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