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Cultural Facilities Directory

The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs is the custodian of city-owned cultural facilities that, when combined, represent more than 1.2 million sq. ft. of space dedicated to arts and cultural functions in our community. Since the 1980s, the City's capital investment in these cultural facilities exceeds $175 million. Most impressive, however, is that this public investment has leveraged private capital funds totaling half a billion dollars to develop one of the most impressive collections of city-owned cultural facilities in the United States.

The Office of Cultural Affairs operates seven of these facilities directly, referring to them generally as the "Cultural Centers." The Cultural Centers are as follows: Bath House Cultural Center; Dallas City Performance Hall; Latino Cultural Center; Majestic Theatre; Meyerson Symphony Center; Oak Cliff Cultural Center; and South Dallas Cultural Center. Other cultural facilities are managed through private/public partnerships with nonprofit cultural organizations through long-term Management or Operation Agreements approved by City Council.

Following is the complete inventory of city-owned cultural facilities overseen by the Office of Cultural Affairs:

African American Museum
Designed by Dallas architect Arthur Rogers in 1993, the 15,000 sq. ft. facility was built through a public/private partnership and is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials.

3536 Grand Avenue at Fair Park
Dallas, TX 75210
P: 214.565.9026
Annette Strauss Square
One of the four venues of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, Strauss Square was designed by the internationally renowned firm Foster + Partners. Strauss Square was dedicated in September 2010 and hosts a variety of outdoor events ranging from concerts to theatrical and dance performances to multi-day festivals, accommodating audiences of up to 2,000 in a serene open-air setting.

Bath House Cultural Center
The 10,640 sq. ft. facility was designed by Carson & Linskie. Located on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Bath House is one of the earliest Art Deco buildings in Texas and was originally built by the Dallas Park Board. It was renovated into a cultural center in 1981.

521 E. Lawther Drive Dr.
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 670-8749
Black Academy of Arts & Letters
Housed in the original 1957 section of the Dallas Convention Center that was designed by noted Dallas architect George Dahl, TBAAL has an 1,800 seat theater and a 250 seat café theater, plus gallery, gift shop, meeting rooms and administrative and support spaces.

650 S. Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202
P: 214.871.2376
Dallas City Performance Hall
The last of the four venues in the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts complex, Dallas City Performance Hall was designed by the iconic American architectural firm SOM (Skidmore Owings Merrill). The 40,000 square foot initial phase includes a 750-seat hall suitable for music, dance and theater performances and was designed specifically to serve as the performing home for more than 100 small and mid-size cultural organizations in the Dallas Arts District.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Built in 1930 as the city´s only YMCA for the African-American community, the 32,000 sq. ft. building was designed by Dallas architects Ralph Bryan and Walter Sharp. It served as a YMCA until 1970, when a new facility was built in Oak Cliff and the historic building was acquired by the private sector. Dallas Black Dance Theatre purchased the building in 1999 and in 2005 transferred the deed to the City of Dallas as part of a public/private partnership to renovate the facility. After an extensive renovation, the building reopened in 2008 as the Arts District home of Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

2700 Flora
Dallas, TX 75201
P: 214.871.2376
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
This 13-acre village is a living history museum portraying life in North Texas from 1840-1910. Located in what was Dallas´ first public park, the 38 historic structures on the site have been relocated from sites around North Texas. The facility is managed by the Dallas County Heritage Society.

1515 South Harwood
Dallas, TX 75215
P: 214.421.5141
Dallas Museum of Art
The 528,000 sq. ft. facility was designed by AIA Gold Medal recipient Edward Larrabee Barnes. The building anchors the Dallas Arts District´s western side and first opened in 1984, with a subsequent addition opening in 1993. The facility was funded through a public/private partnership between the City of Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art, a nonprofit corporation.

1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX 75201
P: 214.922.1200
Perot Museum of Nature & Science (Fair Park Nature Building)
Designed by Mark Lemmon and Clyde Griesenbeck, the 32,875 sq. ft. building was completed in 1936. It was the first of the cultural facilities that George Dahl envisioned as the legacy of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.

3535 Grand Avenue at Fair Park
Dallas, TX 75210
P: 214.428.5555
Science Place I (currently not open to the public)
Originally built in 1936 as the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the facility was significantly expanded in 1996 with the additional of the IMAX theater and today totals 112,425 sq. ft.. The original building was designed by a consortium of Dallas architects that included DeWitt & Washburn, Herbert M. Greene, LaRoche & Dahl, Ralph Bryan, Henry Coke Knight and Paul Philippe Cret.

1318 S. 2nd Avenue at Fair Park
Dallas, TX 75210
Kalita Humphreys Theater
The 33,000 sq. ft. theater was designed by American architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright and is the only stand-alone theater designed by Wright that was built. It was built by the Dallas Theater Center in 1959 and transferred to City ownership in the 1970s. The Kalita has been in continuous operation since 1959 as the home of the Dallas Theater Center.

3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75219
P: 214.526.8210
Dallas Theater Center / Heldt Administration Building
The 30,000 sq. ft. facility provides office, rehearsal and costume shop space to support the theatrical activities at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. The Heldt was designed by Dallas architect Art Rogers and completed in 1990.

3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75219
P: 214.526.8210
Music Hall at Fair Park
The 75,300 sq. ft. facility is the largest enclosed performing arts venue in Dallas, with 3,420 seats. Designed by Dallas architects Lang & Witchell in 1925, it was expanded by Jarvis Putty Jarvis in 1972. The historic building is the home of Dallas Summer Musicals.

909 1st Avenue at Fair Park
Dallas, TX 75210
P: 214.565.1116
Hall of State
Designed by the San Antonio architectural firm of Adams & Adams in 1936, this 50,570 sq. ft. building was the centerpiece of the Texas Centennial Exposition. The historic building is the home of the Dallas Historical Society.

Dallas Historical Society
3939 Grand Avenue at Fair Park
Dallas, TX 75210
P: 214.421.4500
Juanita Craft Civil Rights House
The 900 sq. ft. one-story frame house was the home of Juanita Craft, one of Dallas´ most significant civil rights figures and the first African American woman to serve on the Dallas City Council. Programming at the Juanita Craft Civil Rights House is coordinated by the South Dallas Cultural Center.

2618 Warren Ave.
Dallas, TX 75215
P: 214.670.8637
Latino Cultural Center
Designed by renowned Mexican architect and AIA Gold Medal recipient Ricardo Legorreta, the Latino Cultural Center opened its doors in 2003. The 27,000 sq. ft. facility was built through a public/private partnership and features a visual arts gallery, an outdoor plaza and courtyards, the 300-seat Oak Farms Dairy Performance Hall, and supporting spaces.

2600 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75204
P: 214.670.3320
Majestic Theatre
One of the most elegant and historic performing arts spaces in the Southwest, the historic Majestic Theatre is managed by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Built in 1921, the Majestic hosts a variety of concerts, performing arts, comedy and corporate events through the year presented by national and local artists, promoters and nonprofit arts organizations.

1925 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 785201
P: 214.670.3687
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
The 400,000 sq. ft. facility was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect I.M. Pei. Located at the center of the Dallas Arts District, the Meyerson opened in 1989 and is widely considered one of the finest music halls in the world, celebrated for both its elegant design and the masterful quality of the acoustics. The facility was funded through a public/private partnership between the City of Dallas and the Dallas Symphony Association, a nonprofit corporation.

2301 Flora
Dallas, TX 75201
P: 214.670.3600
Oak Cliff Cultural Center
A 5,000 sq. ft. storefront on Jefferson Avenue, adjacent to the historic Texas Theater, the OCCC is a community arts center with space for dance and music classes and a gallery/multipurpose room for exhibitions, lectures and other cultural events. The OCCC inaugurated in August 2010.

223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75208
Phone: 214.670.3777
Sammons Center for the Arts
This historic landmark began its life in 1909 as the Dallas Water Utilities Turtle Creek Pump Station. In 1981, through the efforts of the cultural community, it was renovated through a public/private partnership into the Sammons Center for the Arts.

3630 Harry Hines
Dallas, TX 75219
P: 214.520.7789
Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park
One of the four venues of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, this 10-acre park was designed by landscape architect Michel Desvigne of Paris in collaboration with JJR of Chicago. Sammons Performance Park opened in October 2009.

South Dallas Cultural Center
This 24,000 sq. ft. facility first opened in 1988; after an extensive renovation and expansion, it reopened in 2008. Today, it features a 120-seat black box theater; a visual arts gallery; studios for dance, two-dimensional arts, ceramics, printmaking and photography; and a full service digital recording studio. Programs at the SDCC help inspire in both the young and old love of art from the African Diaspora.

3400 South Fitzhugh
Dallas, Texas 75210
P: 214.939.2787
Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
One of the four venues of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, the Winspear Opera House was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Norman Foster and Foster + Partners. The 2,200 seat hall opened in October 2009. The Winspear is the home of The Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, a Broadway series, and other local and international performing arts presentations.

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
One of the four venues of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, the Wyly Theatre was designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas. The 575 seat theatre opened in October 2009. The Wyly is the home of the Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico.


Other City-owned cultural facilities:
The City of Dallas Park & Recreation department oversees the Dallas Zoo, Dallas Arboretum, Fair Park Aquarium, Magnolia Lounge/Theater, Samuell Grand Park Ampitheater, and Trinity Audubon Center, also important components of the City of Dallas cultural system.

The Dallas Public Library operates black box theaters at the Hampton Illinois Branch Library and Bachman Lake Branch Library, with two additional black box theaters currently under construction at the Lockwood Branch Library and Pleasant Grove Branch Library.

For more information about these and many other Dallas architectural treasures, please see The American Institute of Architects Guide to Dallas Architecture (Larry Paul Fuller, editor, AIA Dallas Chapter, 1999).

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