Schwarz Selected Works

Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall — Fort Worth, TX

Performance Hall, front entrance Performance Hall, front entrance
Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing

Home of the Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, Casa Mañana Musical Theater, and the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is a 200,000 Square foot multi-use theater seating 2,100 patrons.

Performance Hall, interior ceiling detailing; Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing
Performance Hall curve of lights/balconies; Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing
Performance Hall, view from stage; Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing
Performance Hall, exterior; Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing
Performance Hall, stair ledge, floor to ceiling; Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing

Sundance Square — Fort Worth, TX

Sundance Square
Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing

Sundance Square is a 55,000 square foot outdoor gathering space in Fort Worth, TX that focuses on the cultural values and aspirations of the community. Schwarz had a vision for the square, encouraging visitors to walk, and experience the space by foot instead of moving from parking lot to parking lot. An area of several blocks around the square is filled with shopping and entertainment, offices, and residences. Many of these buildings were designed by David M. Schwarz according to an ambitious urban plan.

Sundance Square; Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing
Sundance Square at night; Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing
Sundance Square; Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing

National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame — Fort Worth, TX

National Cowgirl Museum, exterior National Cowgirl Museum, exterior
Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing

Located in Fort Worth’s cultural district, the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame honors Women of the American West. At 33,000 square feet, according to the museum, it’s the only cultural institution of its kind dedicated to the pioneer spirit. The museum houses interactive exhibits, two theaters, a traveling exhibit gallery, archives featuring over 4,000 artifacts and information from 750 Western Woman, and a research library.

National Cowgirl Museum, main circulation
Child riding mechanical horse
National Cowgirl Museum, exterior corner
Side view of central circulation

Cook Children's Medical Center — Fort Worth, TX

Original main hospital building, exterior Original main hospital building, exterior
Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing

Cook Children’s Medical Center is designed for children and families – with a sense of whimsy to help youngsters feel at home and to promote the healing process. Schwarz’s firm conceived the hospital as a small town with a long corridor called “Main Street” and a central atrium surrounded by towering fairy castles that functions as a “town square.” They created a master plan that has been executed in an ongoing series of additions over 30 years. One of the newest additions contains a skylit food court, recording studio for children, and public classrooms. The hospital footprint is more than one million square feet.

Cook Children's Medical Center, outdoor play area
Cook Children's Medical Center, original interior lobby
Cook Children's Medical Center, lobby
Cook Children's Medical Center, lobby
Cook Children's Medical Center, patient’s room

American Airlines Center — Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center, exterior at night American Airlines Center, exterior at night
Photo Credit: Jim Hedrich at Hedrich Blessing

Home to the NBA Dallas Mavericks, and the NHL Dallas Stars, the American Airlines Center sits on a 70-acre planned development in downtown Dallas. The facility aroused controversy for its traditional architectural style in contrast to the glass towers of Dallas. The stadium is 850,000 square feet and has 19,200 seats.

American Airlines Center, exterior
American Airlines Center Staircase
American Airlines Center, view of interior from a Suite
American Airlines Center, exterior

Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park — Arlington, TX

Texas Rangers Ballpark field and stands Texas Rangers Ballpark field and stands
Photo Credit: Jim Hedrich at Hedrich Blessing

In 1991, Schwarz entered and won the bid to design and build the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX. It became the first of many sporting facilities Schwarz would design. The owners had a vision for the park: “…to have a sense of the history and tradition associated with baseball and its great old time parks, while also addressing modern fan comfort and today’s economic requirements.” The park has 49,200 seats and is on 300 acres of land.

Texas Rangers Ballpark, entrance tower
Texas Rangers Ballpark, path
Texas Rangers Ballpark, interior detailing
Texas Rangers Ballpark,, walking along fence

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts — Las Vegas, NV

Smith Center, exterior Smith Center, exterior
Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing

According to David M. Schwarz Architects, this Las Vegas theater is the first civic performance hall in the country to earn LEED accreditation for sustainability. Its 358,000 square foot design is fitting for symphony, dance, opera, and major touring attractions. The Smith Center Campus houses Reynolds Hall, the Boman Pavilion, the courtyard, the Discovery Children’s Museum, a parking garage, and Symphony Park.

Smith Center, main lobby
Smith Center, interior skylight
Smith Center, stairwell
Smith Center, exterior

Severance Hall — Cleveland, OH

Severance Hall, interior Severance Hall, interior
Photo Credit: Steve Hall at Hedrich Blessing

Home of the Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall was originally completed in 1931 by architects Walker and Weeks. The neoclassical building was made out of sandstone and Indiana limestone, and according to David M. Schwarz Architects, its interiors “are an eclectic combination of Art Deco, Classicism, and Egyptian Revival styles and materials.” Schwarz added a 40,000 square foot addition that nearly doubled the size of the original hall. The concert hall has 2,100 seats and the chamber hall houses 400 seats.

Severance Hall,, interior
Severance Hall, interior detailing
Interior lobby and staircase
Severance Hall, view from stage
Severance Hall, interior detailing
window to the world