In 1996 the former Big Bend Feed Company was purchased with the intent of converting its warehouse spaces into Marfa’s main performance space. Sited next to the railroad tracks, the building was not only renovated but doubly insulated to attenuate the sound of the train that crosses Marfa at different times throughout the day and during weekends. Upon completion, the 168-seat theater became an instant success as the community and interested groups had a space where they could perform plays, lectures, concerts and other such special events.
In 2011, work began on an addition to provide a variety of much needed amenities such as public restrooms, a proper entry/lobby, and a multipurpose space for rehearsals and practice. The 4,000 square foot addition consists of a single level custom steel frame structure wrapped in galvanized steel panels (roof and primary wall) and stucco at the two short elevations. The single gable horizontal shed provides a complementary contrast to the original warehouse’s spaces and main facade; it also provides north light for the entire addition and further noise reduction from the perennial train.
Superficie Building size
370 m² 4,000 ft²
Carlos Jiménez Studio, Houston, Texas
Equipo Project team
Carlos Jiménez (director, autor del proyecto principal, project designer); You Chia-Lai, Vy Drouin-Le
Consultores Project consultants
Keevan Timm, Metallic Building Co. (estructura structure)
James Cook, Cook Construction Company, Alpine, Texas; Crowley Development LLC, Marfa, Texas
Paul Hester, Hester+Hardaway Photographers