508 Park Avenue Amphitheater Opens at Encore Park

In June 2011, The Stewpot/Community Ministries of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas completed the purchase of 508 Park Avenue, Dallas, and the adjoining properties on either side. 508 Park has received national and international attention because of its unique history as one of only two locations where the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson recorded. As a rare Dallas example of Zigzag Moderne, 508 Park also has great architectural significance; it was designed by the New Orleans firm that designed the Louisiana State Capitol.

Program elements in the restored building include a museum of street culture, classrooms, offices for church programs and community partners, painting & ceramics studios and gallery, a recording studio and a multi-use event space with roof terrace.

The 300-capacity outdoor amphitheater kicked off the dedication weekend yesterday.



Jon Rollins, the principal-in-charge of the project, was on-hand for the special event. Rollins is a leader in the institutional segment of the practice, focusing on university projects, independent schools and communities of faith, with an additional emphasis on historic preservation and adaptive reuse.