Museum of Music for the West Texas Performing Arts Society: An adaptive use of the Lubbock Post Office and Federal Building

Abstract

We live in a world of change. Technological and medical advances are so frequent that the average person has no means of staying appraised of the constantly changing information. With today's construction frenzy, our built environment is in a state of constant change as well. With this constantly changing world around us, we need a means of grounding ourselves in something more stable. We need something or someplace from which we can draw stability in the face of the changes around us. Existing structures, with the spirit of place they create, provide for the human need for continuity and identity with the past, present and future. The adaptive use of the approximately 28,000 square feet Lubbock Post Office and Federal Building for the purpose of a Museum of Music for The West Texas Performing Arts Society provides a vehicle through which this continuity and stability can be expressed. The Museum of Music will feature an emphasis on the lives, careers, and successes of musicians connected with West Texas and the South Plains in general and Lubbock in specific. The facility will consist of small multipurpose galleries, a small theater, administrative offices and required support spaces. The reputation of Lubbock as the cultural center of the South Plains is a major consideration in the location of the museum. The historic quality and urban context of the building chosen for the facility, located at the corner of Broadway and Avenue H within the central business district, is a driving force in the project.

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Architecture, Music museums -- Texas -- Lubbock -- Design., Post office buildings -- Remodeling for other use -- Texas -- Lubbock., Historic buildings -- Remodeling for other use -- Texas -- Lubbock., Lubbock (Tex.) -- Buildings, Structures

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