Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
History and museums
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is a theater in Houston, Texas, US. Opened to the public in 2002, the theater is located downtown on the edge of the Houston Theater District. Hobby Center features 60-foot-high glass walls with views of Houston's skyscrapers, Tranquility Park and Houston City Hall. The Hobby Center is named for former Texas lieutenant governor and Houston businessman, William P. Hobby, Jr., whose family foundation donated the naming gift for the center. The center replaced the former Houston Music Hall and Sam Houston Coliseum.
Built by the general contractor Lyda Swinerton, it was designed by architects Robert A. M. Stern and Morris Architects. Stern was inspired by legendary theatre designers Herts & Tallant, who practiced in Manhattan during the early twentieth century. The major building materials are limestone, brick, painted steel columns, glazed curtain wall and standing seam metal roof. Two theaters in the center were constructed specifically for theater and musical performances.
Two significant works of art were commissioned for the center. American painter Sol LeWitt's mural "Wall Drawing 2002" serves as the focal point of the Grand Lobby. British-born sculptor Tony Cragg's two-part bronze "In Minds" mimics human profiles outside at Hines Plaza.