Municipal Archives

Municipal Auditorium Specifications, 1938

​Collection 1991-038​


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorDepartment of Public Works and Transportation
TitleMunicipal Auditorium Specifications
Quantity1/2 linear inch
AbstractTypescript bid specifications.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

The Municipal Auditorium, better known as the Fair Park Music Hall, replaced the 1910 Coliseum built by the City of Dallas on the Texas state fairgrounds.  In 1925, the City of Dallas finished construction of a 3,500 seat music hall located to the south of the Parry Avenue entrance.  The building, designed by the Dallas firm of Lang and Witchell, was the winning entry in a limited design competition sponsored the previous year.  Their design incorporated Spanish Colonial Revival detailing, primarily in the dominant square towers on the building's north side and in the paired octagonal towers on the east and west facades.  For the 1936 Texas Centennial, the Music Hall was the only existing building not extensively altered; its conversion to display General Motors automobiles required interior modifications only.  In 1972, the building was renovated and expanded by Jarvis Putty Jarvis. 

The collection consists of Lang and Witchell’s four typescript submitted proposal specifications for general, electrical, plumbing, scenery, and stage equipment, all dated 1938.




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Municipal Auditorium Specifications, 1938 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas

Container List ​

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Municipal Auditorium contract specifications, 1938