Dallas City Performance Hall

Dallas, Texas / United States of America

Opened in September 2012, the Dallas City Performance Hall provides a worldclass venue to accommodate emerging, local performance groups. The 59,000-square-feet building houses a 750-seat audience chamber on two levels, a proscenium type stage with an 80-foot-high fly tower, a multilevel lobby with expanded pre-function capabilities, backstage support, offices, and a central plant and loading dock. Commissioned without philanthropic support, the challenge was to create this venue on a budget of $32 Million—a remarkably modest budget considering its high level of technical and acoustical capabilities. A simple materials palette of concrete, glass, steel, and oak serve dual functional and aesthetic purposes. The poured-in-place concrete structure acts as both the exterior and primary interior finish, while oak panels and reflectors, located only where acoustically needed, add warmth to the interior. Custom 60-foot wool serge banners deploy at the side walls to adjust for amplified sound, and the articulated board-form concrete walls in the audience chamber diffuse and blend the sound while providing a unique aesthetic. On stage, a gridded LED “curtain” provides a programmable canvas for visual artists commissioned by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The project earned a LEED® Platinum rating.

Architect of Record

Corgan Associates Inc.

Associate Architect

Skdimore, Owings & Merrill LLP


City of Dallas, Department of Public Works

General Contractor

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.