The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has had its share of world-class museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art, The Modern and The Kimball in Fort Worth.  But 2009 was a watershed year for putting the Dallas cultural scene on the world stage.

Winspear Opera House
The new Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District

Opened in October 2009, the Winspear Opera House is the crown jewel in the booming Dallas Arts District.  It was designed by architects Foster + Partners under Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster and Senior Design Partner Spencer de Grey.  Foster + Partners also designed the new World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York City.

Sammons Park and Exterior of Winspear Opera House
Sammons Park and Exterior of the Winspear Opera House

The Dallas Arts District website describes the area as “…a unique, 68-acre, 19-block neighborhood in the heart of the city. A rare jewel that is the centerpiece of the region’s cultural life, the District is home to some of the finest architecture in the world.

Enhancing the downtown Dallas skyline are buildings by Pritzker Prize winners I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and AIA “Gold Medal” recipient Edward Larrabee Barnes.

Our neighborhood is a center for innovative architecture, world-class exhibits, exemplary cultural programming and much more. We are restaurants, hotels, churches, residences and even the world headquarters of 7-Eleven.”

Wyly Theater
The Wyly Theater(left) with Chase Tower visible on the right.
Dallas, Texas Skyline
Dallas is home to world-class architecture, including I.M. Pei-designed Fountain Place in the distance.
Winspear and Wyly
Hot Design!: The architects designed the overhang with the oppressive Dallas heat in mind. Winspear Opera House(left) and Wyly Theater(right)

Photos by Farmboy artist, David Kozlowski / Dallas Photoworks

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