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A 3-acre site in the newly created Arts District, a 20-block area adjacent to Dallas' central business area

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Dallas, Texas

Gross Floor Area
485,000 s/f

Concert hall:
260,000 s/f

Below grade garage:
225,000 s/f

The City of Dallas and The Dallas Symphony Association,
Dallas, Texas

Time Frame
Planning: 1/82
Construction: 10/85
(delayed 18 months by site acquisition)
Completion: 9/89

The Morton H. Meyerson
Symphony Center

Dallas, Texas
Completed 1989


Lead Designers:


I. M. Pei
Charles T. Young III
Ralph Heisel
Ian Bader


A 2,200-seat concert hall to house the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as well as guest performances, concerts and recitals

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Meyerson Symphony Center, one of only a few world-class concert halls in existence, was undertaken to establish Dallas as an international cultural center while revitalizing the city and anchoring its emerging downtown Arts District. The solution to these different but related functions involves two primary components: an inward-looking music chamber and an outward-looking lobby.

The concert hall is a traditional 2,000-seat shoebox. Its form and shape result from a rigorous investigation into optimum capacity, ideal sight lines and acoustical excellence. Notwithstanding such technical constraints, the hall was designed to enhance the pleasure of making and of listening to music. Acoustical canopies over the orchestra are adjustable for perfected sound so that the hall can be used for symphonic music, but also recitals, concerts, ensemble and solo performances.

In contrast to the necessarily hermetic performance hall, the intricately glazed lobby with its restaurant, outdoor garden and sculpture court, provides an inviting place for the public to congregate when performances are not in progress. Inclined toward the skyline and transparent by day and night, it reaches out to a much larger public than those attending performances.


Major Components

Performance hall, Grand Lobby, 180-seat restaurant, prefunction spaces, 2-story musicians' wing, 4-story administration wing, outdoor sculpture garden, garden court, monumental public art, underground parking for 140 cars




Building Stone Institute: Annual Tucker Award



National Commercial Builders Council:
Award of Excellence



Concrete Industry Board:
Award of Merit for Out of Area Project



American Institute of Architects:
National Honor Award



Associated Builders & Contractors of Texas:
Commendation for Excellence in Construction



The City of Dallas: Dallas Urban Design Award


I. M. Pei & Partners services

Site Selection; Complete Architectural Services; Interior Design



Leslie E. Robertson Associates, New York, NY   


Mechanical / Electrical

Edwards and Zuck, New York, NY   



Artec Consultants, Inc., New York, NY



Jules Fisher & Paul Marantz, New York, NY



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