Kalita Humphreys Theatre Tour

Date:April 16, 2015 - April 16, 2015
Time:12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Kalita Humphreys Theatre

The Kalita Humphreys Theatre is one of only two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed projects in Dallas and the only theatre design by him ever completed. Home to the Dallas Theatre Center for more than 50 years, it offers a look at Wright’sevolving style.

The original design was created for a West Coast theatre in 1915 and was later adapted for Hartford, Connecticut, but neither was ever built. The design was subsequently adapted for Dallas and construction began in 1955. The theatre was completed in 1959--nine months after Wright's death. It was recognized as a City of Dallas historic landmark in 2007.

The tour will be led by Ann Abernathy, AIA. A practicing architect since 1979, Ann has devoted her career to enlivening our relationships with the built environment. After receiving her Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she embarked on a broad span of planning and design projects ranging from commercial retail and mixed use spaces to cultural facilities, houses, interior space planning, and scenic design. Historic preservation work has included master planning and award-winning restoration and adaptive use developments. In all projects, at all scales, the common theme has been creation of meaningful spatial experiences and qualities of built form that vivify the human experience and enhance the connection to the natural environment.

Ann was project architect for the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Oak Park, Illinois. Her work was recognized with the AIA’s National Honor Award. She subsequently authored the bookTheOak Park Home and Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright,which described both the architectural design significance as well as the story of the restoration of Wright’s first home. In Dallas, this expertise has led her to continue restoration planning for Dallas' two existing Wright buildings, the Gillin Residence and the Kalita Humphreys Theater (KHT). Ann wrote the Designation Report and drafted the Preservation Criteria which secured a City of Dallas Historic Landmark designation for the KHT building in May 2005. She then led a multi-disciplinary team of cross-national consultants in developingThe Dallas Theater Center Master Plan,which was completed in 2010* and is currently in limited release.

Ms. Abernathy practices with the firm of Abernathy|Architects. Current projects include a contemporary multi-use office and commercial building in the historic district of Cleburne as well as a Vision Plan for the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano.


For More Information

Contact Name: Dallas Center for Architecture
Email Address: info@dallascfa.com
Phone Number: 214.880.1550

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