The Stafford Economic Development Corporation built this combined convention and performing arts center on a forty-two-acre greenfield site along Murphy Road to generate revenue (Stafford is the largest city in Texas to not levy a property tax) and to provide an emblem of civic identity. Gensler's Lester Yuen made the 1,100-seat performing arts hall the centerpiece of the complex. Its stepped profile and lapped and folded planes of red brick cause the theater to figure strongly in its open landscape setting. The Office of James Burnett was the landscape architect.
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