Building Toys and Toy Buildings: Architecture Through a Child's Eyes

Head to the Dallas Center for Architecture and check out the 6-foot-tall K'Nex Ferris Wheel made up of 8,550 pieces.

Dallas Center for Architecture

Building Toys and Toy Buildings: Architecture Through a Child's Eyes at

Until January 31

Lincoln Logs. TinkerToys. Erector Sets. Lego. And, of course, the humble wooden block. The timeline of the toys that we’ve used to build our fantasy buildings, towns and towers is long and varied. AD EX, the Architecture and Design Exchange, explores this experience in "Building Toys and Toy Buildings: Architecture Through A Child’s Eyes," open through Jan. 31.

The exhibition includes a wide spectrum of vintage and modern toys, including unusual examples like AstroBrite and Girder and Panel sets. A section of the exhibition examines a variety of blocks — from German stone Anchor Blocks dating from the early 1900s to the colored Playskool wooden blocks that have been a part of so many toy boxes for decades.

Additionally, the show looks at the various toy buildings in existence, with a special emphasis on doll houses, including one of the first Barbie Dream Houses and a house built by an architect for his daughter in the 1970’s. Also included are extensive groups of buildings from the Fisher-Price collection and the metal toys of the Marx Company. A highlight of the show is a 6-foot tall K’Nex Ferris Wheel made up of 8,550 individual pieces.

While the exhibit itself is hands-off, visitors will have the chance to design and build their own structure with blocks, TinkerToys and Legos in the Construction Zone.

The show will runs through Jan. 31 at AD EX, the Architecture and Design Exchange, in the Republic Center, 325 N. St. Paul, Suite 150 (at the intersection of St. Paul and Pacific). The exhibition is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional hours until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. AD EX will be closed on December 31 and January 1.
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