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Lucille Murchison Performing Arts Center

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1999, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates with Gideon Toal

UNT’s music and fine arts education center, named for longtime regent Lucille Gannon Murchison of Dallas, includes a 1,100-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, and support facilities under a convex, tapering, segmented metal roof that resembles an armadillo about to curl into a protective ball. The biomorphic shape is a literal translation of the acoustical volume of the concert hall within. The center is a teaching facility and public performance venue for the UNT College of Music and the Department of Dance and Theater. Located alongside I-35 not only gives it increased public visibility but also architecturally links the campus with its extension south of the freeway, land acquired in 2002, where the sleek 31,000-seat Apogee Stadium (2011; 1251 S. Bonnie Brae Street) by HKS of Dallas was built.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Lucille Murchison Performing Arts Center", [Denton, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 236-237.

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