Do You Know?

Driving towards Downtown from the Tollway, you have probably seen this building perched atop Harry Hines and Oak Lawn like a sentinel leading into the city center.  The parking lot is usually full and the lights are almost always on but, what’s going on in there?

“Oh, that building?  I heard it’s the ancestral home of the Addams Family.”

Norm Hitzges


The Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station is also an office building, rehearsal space, performance space, educational center, arts incubator, gallery, party place, see-and-be-seen location for celebrities, home to the oldest jazz program in Dallas, Bolding Museum, and (on occasion) unintended rescue shelter for abandoned and lost animals.  (Phew!)

“A wonderful historic landmark for our city and our state.   Who wouldn’t love a building with a past?”

Veletta Lill


The Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station and the Sammons Center for the Arts are national models for the adaptive reuse of historic places.  By housing both established and emerging performing arts organizations, the Sammons Center is able to provide a place where cultural, educational, artistic, and economic interests can converge and positively impact the region.

“This building serves as the Gateway to the Arts District and is a wonderful example of a successful public/private partnership.”

Mike Rawlings
Dallas Mayor


You won’t see Gomez and Morticia dancing the tango through the Sammons Center for the Arts.  But, you might just find a ghost!  That’s right.  Rumor has it, the Sammons Center has a friendly ghost that strolls through the halls.  “Otis” is said to spend most of his time in the elevator and prefers to make himself known most frequently in the company of women.

“That is the largest and oldest arts incubator in the country — housed in the oldest public building in Dallas.”

Joanna St. Angelo
Sammons Center Executive Director


The Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station certainly has a past!  Built in 1909 as a water pump station, the building was vacated and left collapsing until the late 1980’s, when local arts and philanthropic leaders had the innovative idea to renovate the building as a home for artists.