TCU
Walsh Center for the Performing Arts 1998
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Client:Music and Drama Departments, TCU
Project Category:Colleges and Universities
Architect:Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates
Arch. of Record:KVG Gideon Toal, Inc.
Completion Year:1998
Location:Fort Worth, Texas
Acoustician:Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Building Size:56,000 s.f.
New 325-seat and 200-seat theatres added to the Music and Drama Departments at TCU helped to create a state-of-the-art performing arts center, now called the Walsh Center for the Performing Arts. FDA also collaborated with the university and the architect to arrange backstage support spaces that fully integrate the existing and new theatres into a single efficient performing arts complex.

A new scene shop that FDA helped to lay out for the Center supports the existing university theatre, Landreth Hall as well as these new theatres. The PepsiCo Recital hall interiors are finished in travertine, limestone, granite, and clay tile as a counterpoint to older buildings on the TCU campus. The new palette creates what architect calls "a small enclosure with a grand sound."

The smaller Hayes Theatre gives students an experimental space for innovative and non traditional productions.