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Palmer Events Center (Lester E. Palmer Auditorium)

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Lester E. Palmer Auditorium
1959 auditorium, Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, Greeven and Crume; 2000 addition, PageSoutherlandPage; 2003 events center, Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects, Alan Y. Taniguchi Architects and Associates, and Centerbrook Architects and Planners. S. 1st St. at Riverside Dr.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The complex includes the renovation and expansion of the city's public entertainment facilities long recognized for the round modern auditorium on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake. The addition differs from the form and modern style of the auditorium to reflect the regional influences of Central Texas, especially the use of local limestone. Adjacent is the Lester E. Palmer Events Center developed as a large tentlike facility to house community events. The auditorium and events center now blend well with the former Austin Lyric Opera (2000, Lake/Flato Architects) across the street at 901 Barton Springs Road. This building was the home of the opera company founded in 1986.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Palmer Events Center (Lester E. Palmer Auditorium)", [Austin, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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