Criswell Center at First Baptist Dallas

Dallas, Texas

First Baptist’s highly developed campus occupies several blocks of prime real estate in Downtown Dallas featuring, as its centerpiece, the historic 1894 neo-gothic sanctuary rendered in limestone and red brick. GFF gave form to the congregation’s vision for a new center for fellowship in this project. The 235,000 SF Criswell Center, named for longtime pastor W.A. Criswell, includes a dinner theater to seat 1,200, a chapel for 500, two floors for education, administrative offices, a bookstore, coffee house and a “fellowship mall” as the new front door for the church. Architecturally, the seven-story building mediates the remaining buildings, yet presents a more decidedly glassy and welcoming facade.