Dallas City Performance Hall

Dallas, Texas / United States of America

The Dallas City Performance Hall offers a professional venue to the city’s substantial number of local performance groups. Flexibility underpins its design; this is especially true inside the audience chamber, where the majority of performances take place. The chamber has been designed to achieve a highly adjustable reverberation range time of 1.2 to 2.5 seconds, and its poured-in-place, articulated concrete walls are a crucial component that helps achieve this acoustic range.

To construct the walls, the design team created four unique wood board forms that molded the concrete into panels and imprinted a rough wood texture onto each panel. As installed, the board form pattern protrudes and recedes from the wall, successfully tempering acoustic glare and diffusing, blending, and mellowing the complex sound produced during each performance.  This, in turn, helps the hall to balance a strong bass ratio—which gives the space a rich, resonant response—with the high clarity levels that are required to maintain bright, clear sound.

To date, the highly attuned acoustic levels achieved during performances indicate that the hall produces a very gratifying acoustic response. This success can be attributed, in large part, to the board form concrete walls. 

Architect of Record

Corgan Associates, Inc.

Associate Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


City of Dallas, Department of Public Works

General Contractor

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.