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Latino Cultural Center

2600 Live Oak St

Dallas, TX 75204

Built:  Opened September 16, 2003

Architect:  Ricardo Legoretta LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA

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A place of celebration designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta, the Latino Cultural Center brings the spirit of community and a bright and vibrant palate to the Dallas skyline.


Two of Ricardo Legorreta’s influences were Mexican architect Luis Ramiro Barragán and American architect Louis Kahn. Legorreta’s architectural style combines both tradition and modernity. Hallmarks of his work include the use of vibrant colors and strong geometric shapes. There’s an emphasis on horizontality to form protected interior spaces. Landscaping, intimate gardens, patios, and fountains help blend the exterior with the interior.

Features inside the building:

In 2008 the Latino Cultural Center commissioned visual artist Dr. Judith Baca to create a mural for the lobby of the center.

“Danza de la Tierra” Mural by Judy Baca from SPARC Murals on Vimeo.

More From Legorreta

Other Legorreta projects in Texas include:

  • IBM Solana Office Building, Westlake, now Vista and Terraces at Solana. When the new owners updated the properties, they repainted the buildings to a more neutral color but respected the original architecture.

If you go:

“Latino Cultural Center is the first municipal arts building in the nation home to two Latinx theatre companies” – City of Dallas website.

Cara Mía Theatre Co.

Teatro Dallas

The Dallas Arts District is located .6 miles northwest of the Latino Cultural Center. The Arts District includes more buildings designed by Pritzker award-winning architects than any location in the world. They include the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Wyly Theater, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Winspear Opera House.