City Of Houston Will Rename Downtown Plaza In Honor Of Former First Lady Barbara Bush
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced it as part of the renovation of the public space located between the Central Library and the Julia Ideson Building.
By Al Ortiz
Houston Public Media
December 6, 2016
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From left to right: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Neil Bush, Maria Bush, City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen, and City Council Member and Vice Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Davis, during the press conference held at City Hall to announce the project for the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza in downtown Houston.
The renovation of the plaza means a total facelift that will include two reading gardens, a jumbo-sized viewing screen to project movies and hold visual events, as well as an art lawn for exhibits and a café bistro.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the City will rename the Plaza located between the Central Library and the historic Julia Ideson Building in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush. The location will be renovated and will be known as the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza.
The Plaza will have two reading gardens, a jumbo-sized viewing screen to project movies and hold visual events, as well as an art lawn for exhibits and a café bistro.
“Hundreds of thousands visit the plaza during downtown events such as charity walks, parades, festivals, outdoor exhibitions and City occasions. We will transform that useful space into something exceptional and it will become a destination in its own right,” Turner said during a press conference held at City Hall.
The Mayor underscored Mrs. Bush’s commitment to promote literacy in the United States and one of her sons, Neil Bush, noted he hopes the new plaza and its name will motivate others to do the same.
“To have a plaza named, the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza, to lift up her legacy, hopefully will inspire others to make it their legacy too,” commented Bush, who announced his family has donated $500,000 dollars to the project.
The energy company Phillips 66 and the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation have also each contributed that same amount for the renovation of the plaza.
The goal set by the Houston Public Library Foundation is to raise 5.5 million dollars and begin construction in 2017.
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