Marlowe’s Faves: Market Square Park
If you follow the Marlowe blog, you know that MKT Bar is one of Marlowe’s faves. Of course, Marlowe is a man of many interests, so one favorite isn’t going to cut it. Especially when there are so many world class destinations within walking distance of your downtown luxury condo! Discovery Green is a core landmark with tons of free events and art installations. With that in mind, Marlowe added Market Square Park to his fave list. Tucked amid towering skyscrapers, this park is a hidden gem of downtown Houston.
As a part of the historic district of Houston, people describe Market Square Park as the “original heart of community activity in downtown Houston.” It hosted four City Halls, as well as an open air fish and produce market. Fun fact: the city originally called it “Congress Square.” Numerous groups have defended the space over the years including the Junior League of Houston and DiverseWorks. Though it may be a bit different from Houston’s skyscraper boom of the 70s and 80s, this area is still a hub of community activity. Niko Niko’s offers tons of delicious food options to enjoy amid the tree-lined park. The space is an entire square block of community space for people to gather as neighbors and enjoy a beautiful February afternoon. Be sure to check their calendar of events for happenings near your Marlowe downtown condo!
Sunshine, Art, and Doggies
Many of the features are dedicated to specific citizens, as well. Accordingly, one of the major attractions at Market Square Park is the dog runs. Mayor Anise Parker instituted them in 2011 honoring Holly Anawaty. The section known as “Lauren’s Garden” honors Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas of United Flight 93. In keeping with the theme of remembrance and honor, many facets of the park are also art. Hand painted tiles from Corpus Christi native Malou Flato and photography by Paul Hester evoke the historic aspects of the park. Even more artists contributed to various aspects of the space. Ketria Scott designed the bronze elements for the fountain in Lauren’s Garden. Richard Turner repurposed tons of architectural remnants (some from downtown Houston buildings) for the history walk.
The most eye-catching work of art in the entire park is the 25 foot painted statue. James Surls created the work of art known as “Points of View”. Most known for his unpainted wooden sculptures, Surls is an East Texas native and world-renowned sculptor. His participation continues the tradition of Market Square Park as a place of community. Take a break from your luxury condo terrace, have a gyro, and enjoy Market Square Park.