Frisco’s new town center formed on the open prairie west of its historic downtown combines a city hall and public library surrounded by a lawn and geometrically organized rows of trees, like a classic county courthouse. The long, five-story building is divided into five distinct blocks. The central block in pink granite, flanked by slightly recessed blocks, gradually tapers into a truncated tower-like form. The two lateral blocks break into three dormer-like extensions as the roof curves behind them. Dominant end blocks, clad in rock-faced limestone, have tall central windows and monumental mansard roofs. Overall, the effect is a cross between Second Empire and Secessionist modes. The central axis of the municipal center, Coleman Boulevard, is flanked by long retail and apartment buildings and leads to Toyota Stadium (2005, HKS) at 9200 World Cup Way. The 20,500-seat soccer-specific field hosting the major league soccer team FC Dallas is depressed below grade, with only scattered one-story concessions and support buildings visible from the sidewalk. Seventeen adjacent soccer fields are used for training and tournaments. The National Soccer Hall of Fame is planned for the complex.
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George F. Purefoy Municipal Center
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