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Driving toward 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


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.

“Bet you’ve driven by it; maybe even twice a day. This building is a jewel box for The Arts. It’s where The Arts come alive.”

Clarice Tinsley


“Get ready for discovery, fun, appreciation and joy. Pick an event, bring your spouse, a date, your family, your friends or hang out on your own. Come inside and experience this treasure, three decades in the making.” The Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station and the Sammons Center for the Arts are also 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 a gateway for small arts organizations and is a wonderful example of a successful public/private partnership.”

Mike Rawlings


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!)

“The building would be a dream restaurant!”

Abraham Salum


The Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station certainly has a past although it’s never been a restaurant!  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.

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