Architecture in Fort Worth







Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall

555 Commerce Street - 1998


Billed as "the last great hall built this century," this new hall was designed by David M. Schwarz of Washington, D.C. The Architect of Record is HKS Architects of Dallas. The General Contractor was Linbeck Construction Company.  The hall opened on Friday, May 1, 1998 with a sound and light show. The hall seats 2,056 patrons.  One of the unique architectural features are the 48 foot high limestone angels on the front of the building. Most of the materials within the Bass Performance Hall are from Texas with the majority from the Fort Worth vicinity. The hall is a multi-purpose facility, able to house symphony, ballet, opera, stage, musicals, and rock concerts.  The building has two main entrances, one at 4th & Commerce Streets and the other at 4th & Calhoun Streets.  Between these two entrances are two story grand lobbies that connect them on the first and third levels. Construction has now begun across Calhoun Street on a rehearsal hall for the facility. It was also designed by David M. Schwarz.  Recently the Bass Hall was voted by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the Top 10 best opera houses in the world. 


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