Sammons Center for the Arts

Dallas, Texas

The adaptive use of the 1912 “Industrial Italianate” Turtle Creek Pump Station, the City of Dallas’ oldest surviving public building, was a very important project for the City of Dallas Historic Preservation program. Architexas, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and the Dallas Shakespeare Festival won the project through a competition process. The adaptation of the pump station to serve rehearsal, recital, library, and historical museum/exhibit space was challenging. Maintaining flexibility, while providing a wide variety of performance, exhibit, and practice space was a key to the success and longevity of this adaptive use project. The Sammons Center for the Arts has been a model project for similar arts facilities across the state.