Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

FDA worked with the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, LMN Architects, and community arts groups in a collaborative process to create the new Center. The PAC, which is a renovation and expansion of the historic San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, celebrates the unique character of the property while providing a state-of-the-art facility for San Antonio’s cultural arts groups. The new Performing Arts Center serves as a permanent home for San Antonio’s major performing arts organizations, including the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet, and Opera. One of the major hall’s most striking qualities is its ability to transform from a nearly 1,800-seat performance hall into a flat-floor ballroom space, making it an incredibly flexible venue, equally suited for music and special events. The Tobin Center is comprised of the large, transformative H-E-B theatre the 295-seat Studio Theater and the 600-seat River Walk Plaza, rehearsal facilities, educational spaces, and offices.

  • Client: Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation
  • Architect: LMN Architects
  • Arch. of Record: Marmon Mok
  • Completion Year: 2014
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas
  • Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden
  • Acoustician: Akustiks
  • Capacity: 1,750 seats

  • 2016 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence
  • 2016 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, Merit Award
  • 2016 AIA San Antonio – Honor Award
  • 2016 AIA San Antonio – Mayor’s Choice Award
  • 2014 World Architecture News Civic Buildings Award Finalist
  • 2013 Best Work in Progress, SA Downtown Best Awards
  • 2012 American Architecture Award
  • 2012 AIA Civic Design Award, Citation, Unbuilt Category


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