Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Zilkha Hall 2002
Client:Houston Music Hall Foundation
Project Category:Performing Arts Centers
Architect:Robert A.M. Stern
Arch. of Record:Morris Architects
Completion Year:2002
Location:Houston, Texas
Acoustician:Jaffe Holden Acoustics
Building Size:248,000 s.f.
Capacity:500 seats
Featuring the same backstage amenities as Sarofim Hall except on a smaller scale, the 500-seat, two-level Zilkha Hall offers natural acoustics in a warm interior enlivened by rich, walnut wood accents. Zilkha Hall seats 350 on the orchestra level and 150 on the mezzanine, an ideal size for community events.   

The Hobby Center's interiors have been designed by Robert A.M. Stern and Morris Architects  to ensure that patrons enjoy the Center from the moment they arrive. Amenities include a restaurant, private dining and reception rooms, a piano bar, ample restrooms, and seating that provides adequate leg room for even the tallest Texan. The complex also houses the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, administrative offices, and rehearsal studios.

A feasibility study led by FDA helped to determine the need for a facility to serve small to mid-sized arts organizations and reflect the city's cultural diversity.