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New Life For Dallas Building With Robert Johnson In Its Musical History

In a forgotten corner of downtown, on a street rarely traveled, stands one of the city’s rarest treasures.

“People come from all over the world to Dallas, and they’re going one of two places that I know of,” said Pat Bywaters, a member of the 508 Park Project. “Most of them are probably going to the JFK memorial. And if anybody else is going anywhere, they’re coming here.”

The building at 508 Park Avenue is a music Mecca for Blues aficionados. On the third floor of this now-abandoned building, during the height of the Great Depression, a wandering musician from Mississippi named Robert Johnson recorded 13 songs in a makeshift studio.