Erma Lowe Hall – Texas Christian University — Fort Worth, Texas


The design of this building, which houses TCU’s School for Classic and Contemporary Dance Art, takes its inspiration from the surrounding campus style, with Neo-Georgian brick detailing, TCU blonde masonry, simple masses and the proportions of human scale architecture. One of the main focuses of the building design was to re-orient and expand the northwest entrance to the building to create a welcoming space that promotes interaction with the larger campus, especially the North-South pedestrian path.

Additional learning spaces were added to the building to improve its overall functionality and the ability of the space to continue to support and advance TCU’s modern dance program. A computer dance lab is also included in the redesign and will allow students and teachers to choreograph dances and monitor performance through the use of state-of-the-art technology. Disruption of the existing building wall was minimized to allow the wall to become part of the new lobby, emphasizing the relationship between old and new.

  • Merit Award 2014 — Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Preservation Award 2012 — Historic Fort Worth
  • Juror’s Recognition 2007 — Fort Worth Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

"The project team became like family during the process of dreaming, designing and construction. Responsive, understanding and thoughtful, they came to dance faculty meetings with tracing paper in hand – and were not afraid to use it! Not put off when a faculty member would demonstrate a need by dropping to the floor to perform a roll, or would start jumping on the floors to test rebound, or throw up a leg onto a (dance) barre to check for correct heights – they were right there with us dropping and jumping. ... We are very thankful for the whole team!"
Ellen Page Shelton, Director, TCU School of Classic & Contemporary Dance

Visit Krista Kee's video, a Dance and Political Science double major at TCU, to see highlights of the Erma Lowe Hall.