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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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1991, Horst Berger and Partners and Sustaita Architects; 2001, Kirksey. 2005 Lake Robbins Dr.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

George P. Mitchell built the Mitchell Pavilion, an open-air amphitheater originally seating 10,000 (seating capacity was extended to 16,550 in 2001), as a tribute to his wife, Cynthia Woods Mitchell, and to bring popular and high cultural performances to The Woodlands. New York City engineer Horst Berger designed a tensile roof structure of Teflon-coated fiberglass suspended from a network of steel truss masts to encompass the stage house and 3,000 fixed seats. The peaked profile of what Berger describes as the “tents” of the canopy give the pavilion its identifying image.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion", [Spring, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 374-374.

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