Architecture in Downtown Fort Worth

This web site will be listing the major buildings in Downtown Fort Worth. Their names, addresses, the year they were built, and the architect who designed them will be listed. Also a description of each building will be included on separate pages. Downtown Fort Worth has become a model for downtown revitalization.  In the 2000 Census, Fort Worth had a population of 534,694.  In the July 2003 estimates, the population was 585,122 ranking 5th in Texas and 20th in the United States.  The January 2006 estimates give the city a population of 661,850.  Fort Worth has preserved many of its downtown buildings constructed between 1880 and 1930.  Class "A" Downtown office occupancy rates are about 98%.

The best way to view these buildings is on foot. Most of these structures are in close proximity to each other; however, some are on the fringes of downtown and can be seen by automobile. Downtown Fort Worth is can be accessed by the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and is navigable by bus if you arrive via the TRE.  Even though there is a parking shortage, many lots and garages in the north end of downtown offer free parking in the evenings and on weekends and all metered street parking is free during the same time period.

The information on this page will be updated weekly.  If you would like to send additional information, corrections, if you have comments or questions, or if you would like to give me any kind of feedback on this site, please send e-mail to jroberts@fortwortharchitecture.com.  Any comments would be greatly appreciated.  This web site is owned and operated by John Roberts, AIA Texas Registered Architect #12144, recipient of the 2003 John G. Flowers Award presented by the Texas Society of Architects.  The John G. Flowers Award is given for the best promotion of architecture through the media.  In 2004, I received the Citation of Merit Award from Historic Fort Worth, Inc.  I also serve on the Board of Directors of Historic Fort Worth, Inc., and I am a member of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

To see full information and photographs, please follow the links. Photographs on the individual buildings can be enlarged by clicking them.   For a condensed and text only version, check out The Walking Tour.

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 21, 2007 07:35:19 PM:

bulletAdded 16 photographs in the Jack White Collection of Historic Fort Worth Photos, University of Texas at Arlington

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Interactive Map of Downtown Fort Worth - will be taken down for updates when all new buildings have descriptions.  That time will occur when all "COMING SOON" notes have been removed.
 
Computer Generated 3-D Model of Downtown Fort Worth - This view is looking north. As a part of my duties at Halbach-Dietz Architects, occasionally I get to work on computer generated 3-D models like this.  Halbach-Dietz Architects offers full-service architectural services, specializing in new construction, renovation, remodeling, interiors, space planning, and accessibility renovations.  Our work includes retail, commercial, industrial, and educational projects.

Interactive Construction Projects Map - new feature of the web site.  You can also become an editor of the map.

 

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Architecturally Significant Buildings:

Key to building designations:

NR - Listed on The National Register of Historic Places
RTHL - Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
SAL - State Archeological Landmark
CFW - Designated as a City of Fort Worth Landmark
FWHSE - Highly Significant & Endangered City of Fort Worth Landmark
(UC) - Under Construction
(I) - Building Interior Photographs

 100 Main Place - 100 Main - 1956; 1982
500 Commerce (formerly GAINSCO Building) - 1924; 1935; 1990
 
500 W. 7th (formerly NationsBank) - 1961
714 Main (formerly Transport Life Building) - 1920-21 (FWHSE)
7-Eleven Store - 7th & Summit - 2002
Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church - 116 Elm - 1912 (NR, RTHL)
AMLI Upper West Side - Henderson & Texas - 1999
 Ashton Depot (formerly Union Depot) - 1501 Jones - 1900 (NR, RTHL, FWHSE)
Ashton Hotel - 610 Main - 1915; restored 2001 (NR, FWHSE)
The Atelier Building - 209 W. 8th - c.1905 (RTHL)

Barber's Bookstore - 215 W. 8th - c.1910; c.1935
  Bass Performance Hall - 4th & Commerce - 1998
Bewley-Ellison House - 1301 Summit - c.1915; 1991 (DEMOLISHED MARCH 31, 2006)
COMING SOON! Bewley Mills - 1000 Harding - c.1908; 1945; c.1980
 COMING SOON! Binyon-O'Keefe Storage Co. - 800 Calhoun - 1916-17
Blackstone Hotel (I) - 601 Main - 1929; 1999 (NR, RTHL, FWHSE)
The Bridal Building - 300 Main Street - 1981
  Bryce Building - 909 Throckmorton - 1910 (NR, RTHL)
Burk Burnett Building - 500 Main - 1914; restored 1980 (NR)
 Burnett Plaza - 801 Cherry St. - 1983
Caceria Building - 5th & Commerce - 2007 (UC)
COMING SOON! Cantey & Hanger Plaza - 600 W. 6th St. - 2008 (UC)
The Carnegie - 3rd & Taylor - 2008 (UC)
Carter+Burgess Plaza (formerly UPR Plaza & Continental Plaza) - 777 Main - 1982
Cash America International - 1600 W. 7th - 1980; 2001
Cassidy Corner - E. 1st & Pecan - 2000; 2003
Central Fire Station No. 2 - 1000 Cherry Street - 1930 (CFW)
Century Plaza - 108 W. 8th St. - 1903
Chase Building (formerly Bank One Building) - 420 Throckmorton - 2002
City National Bank Building - 315 Houston - c.1884-85
 City Place (formerly The Tandy Center) - 100 Throckmorton - City Place II, 1976; City Place I, 1978
COMING SOON! City Tower - 1600 Texas St. - 2008 (UC)
Civic Building  600 E. Weatherford - 1925; c.1960 (DEMOLISHED JULY 10, 2007)
Civil Courts Building - 100 N. Houston - 1957-58; 1988
Commerce Building - 307 W. 7th - 1930
Conn Building - 310 Main - c.1906; restored 1981
Criminal Courts & Jail - 300 W. Belknap - 1962
Criminal Justice Building - 200 W. Belknap - 1918 (RTHL)
Joe Daiches Jewelers - 101-07 Houston - 1910; 1955
The Depot Apartments - 555 Elm St. - 1915; 2005
Domino Building - 311 Main - 1885
Dr Pepper Bottling Co. - 1401 Henderson - 1938
Eddleman-McFarland House (I) - 1110 Penn - 1899 (NR, RTHL, CFW)
Electric Service Building - 115 W. 7th - 1952
Ellison Furniture & Carpet Mattress Factory/Tindall Properties - 511 E. 5th St. - 1913
Ellison Furniture & Carpet Warehouse/Tindall Square - 505 Pecan - c.1911
Fakes Building - 406-408 Houston - 1929
Family Law Center - 200 E. Weatherford - 2005
Fire Station No. 1 - 215 Commerce - 1907; restored 1982
Firestone Apartments - 7th & Henderson - 1999
  Firestone Service Store - 1001 W. 7th - 1930; restored 1999
First Christian Church - 612 Throckmorton - 1914 (NR, RTHL)
First Presbyterian Church - 1000 Penn - 1958
First United Methodist Church - 800 W. 5th - 1930
   Flatiron Building (I) - 1000 Houston - 1907 (NR, RTHL, FWHSE)
Fort Worth Club - 306 W. 7th - 1926 (NR)
COMING SOON! Fort Worth Club Tower - 777 Taylor - 1974
Fort Worth Convention Center (I) - 1111 Houston - 1968; 1983; 2002-03
Fort Worth Municipal Building - 1000 Throckmorton - 1972
Fort Worth Public Library - 1978; 1994
Fort Worth Public Market Building - 1400 Henderson - 1930 (NR, RTHL)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - 400 W. 7th - 1920
Fort Worth Water Gardens - Houston & 13th - 1974
Fourth St. Methodist Church Vestry - E. 4th & Jones - 1887
  GAINSCO Building - SW corner of 4th & Commerce - 1924; 1935; 1990
W.T. Grant Store - 611 Houston - 1939
 
Greater St. James Baptist Church - 210 Harding - 1913-18 (NR, RTHL, CFW)
COMING SOON! HealthSouth Rehabilitation - 1929; 1958; 1990
Heritage Park - Bluff & Houston Streets - 1976
 Hillside Apartments - 300 Crump - 1997
Hilton Fort Worth Hotel - 815 Main - 1921; restored 1981 (NR, RTHL)
Historic Electric Building - 410 W. 7th - 1929-30 (NR, CFW)
D.R. Horton Tower - 301 Commerce - 1984
 Houston Place Lofts - 910 Houston Street - 1906, 1918 (CFW)
COMING SOON! Houston Street Bar & Patio - 902 Houston - c.1909
Hunt-Hawes Grocer/Alarm Supply Building (I) - 508 E. 7th - c.1900
 Intermodal Transportation Center - 9th & Jones - 2002
Jarvis Building - 506 Main - c.1884
Jett Building - 400 Main - c.1902
COMING SOON! King Candy Co. - 813 E. 9th - c.1900
Knights of Pythias Castle Hall - 315 Main - 1901 (NR, RTHL)
Knights of Pythias Club Building - 108 E. 3rd St. - 1920
Knights of Pythias Hall - 900 E. 2nd St. - 1925
Kress Building - 604 Main - 1936 (CFW)
  Land Title Block - 111 E. 4th - 1889 (RTHL)
Landmark Tower - 200 W. 7th - 1957 (DEMOLISHED MARCH 18, 2006)
COMING SOON! Le Bijou - 709 Jones St. - 2007 (UC)
 
Lincoln at Trinity Bluff - 701 E. Bluff St. - 2006
Lexington Place - 101 Lexington - 1984
Lone Star Gas - 908 Monroe - 1929 (CFW)
Maddox-Muse Center - 308 E. 4th - 1913; 1926; 1999
Mallick Tower - 1 Summit Ave. - 1968; 2001
 Masonic Temple - 1100 Henderson - 1931 (RTHL)
Miller's Mutual Fire Insurance - 900 Monroe - 1920; 1946
Montgomery Ward/Tindall Storage Building (I) - 801 Grove - c.1911 (NR, FWHSE)
Morning Chapel C.M.E. Church - 903 E. 3rd - 1938; 1958 (NR)
Morris Building - 308 Main - c.1906
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church - 600 Grove - 1912
Charles E. Nash Elementary School - 401 Samuels Ave. - 1927; 1936 (CFW)
Nash Hardware Co.
- 401 E. 8th - 1910
  The Neil P. at Burnett Park - 411 W. 7th - 1921 (NR, RTHL)
COMING SOON! Odd Fellows Lodge - 415 E. 6th - 1925 (RTHL)
Oil & Gas Building - 309 W. 7th - 1954
Old Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assoc. - 410 E. Weatherford - 1930 (RTHL)
Omni Fort Worth Hotel - 1300 Houston St. - 2008 (UC)
Packard Automobile Dealership - 1204 W. 7th - c.1925
Palace Theater Block - 3rd & Commerce - 1996
The Palisades - 700 E. Bluff St. - 2007 (UC)
Pecan Place Condominiums - E. 1st & Pecan - 2003
Pecan Place Townhomes - 704 E. 1st St. - 2006
Peters Bros. Hats - 909 Houston - 1917
Petroleum Building (formerly Executive Plaza & Rattikin Title Building) - 210 W. 6th -1927
Pier 1 Place - 100 Pier 1 Place - 2004
Plaza Hotel - 301 Main - 1908
Pollack-Capps House - 1120 Penn - 1899 (NR, RTHL, CFW)
 Public Safety and Courts Building - 1000 Throckmorton - 1938
RadioShack Riverfront Campus - 300 RadioShack Circle - 2004/2005
Reata at Sundance Square - 312 Houston - 1884 & 1887, 1983, 2002
Red Goose Shoes - 306 Houston - c.1903 (CFW)
Renaissance Worthington Hotel - 200 Main Street - 1981
Sid Richardson Museum - 309 Main - c.1885
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - 901 Lamar - 1909-12
St. Ignatius Academy - 1206 Throckmorton - 1888-89 (NR, RTHL)
St. Patrick's Cathedral - 1206 Throckmorton - 1888-92 (NR, RTHL)
  Sanger Building - 410 Houston - 1929 (NR)
Santa Fe Freight Station - 1401 Jones - 1938 (FWHSE)
Shamrock Building - 515 Main - c.1900
Shelton Building - 901 Houston - 1900; 1910; 1937 (RTHL)
Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel - 1701 Commerce - 1974; 1980; 2008 (UC)
Bob R. Simpson Building (formerly Baker Bldg.) - 711 Houston - 1910; 1926; 1967; restoration 2005
Sinclair Building (I) - 512 Main - 1930 (NR, RTHL, CFW)
Smith-Swinney Motor Co. - 1012-20 W. 7th - 1927 (DEMOLISHED MARCH 15, 2007)
Southwestern Bell Telephone Building - 1116 Houston - c.1899; c.1920; 1949; 1958; 1965; 1971
STS Tower (formerly Color Tile Building) 515 Houston - 1925
State National Bank - 7th & Summit - 2006
(UC)
Storefronts - 301- 311 Houston - 1981
Sundance West - 333 Throckmorton - 1991
James W. Swayne House - 1319 Ballinger - c.1899
Charles D. Tandy Technology Center - 1992
Tarrant County Corrections Center - 101 N. Lamar - 1990
 Tarrant County Courthouse (I) - 100 E. Weatherford - 1895; restored 1983 (NR, RTHL, SAL)
Tarrant County Family Law Center - 200 E. Weatherford - 2004 (UC)
    Tarrant County Justice Center - 401 W. Belknap - 1990
Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal (I) - 221 W. Lancaster Av. - 1931 (NR, RTHL)
Texas & Pacific Warehouse - SW corner of W. Lancaster & Jennings - 1931 (NR, RTHL, FWHSE)
Thompson's Bookstore - 900 Houston - c.1910
The Tower (formerly the Bank One Tower) - 500 Throckmorton - 1974; 2005
Trinity Terrace - 1600 Texas - 1982
    U.S. Courthouse - 501 W. 10th - 1933 (NR)
U.S. Post Office - 251 W. Lancaster - 1933 (NR, RTHL)
COMING SOON! The Versailles - 409 N. Henderson St. - 2005
 Virutoso Building - 505 Main St. - 1996
W.T. Waggoner Building (I) - 810 Houston - 1919-20 (NR)
Water Gardens Place - 100 E. 15th - 1925; remodeled 1983
Weber Building - 302 Main Street - c.1885
Wells Fargo Tower (formerly Chase Texas Tower) - 201 Main - 1982
 Western Union Building - 314 Main - 1930-31
Winfield Place - SW corner of Calhoun & 8th - 1919, 1938
  Winfree Building - 608 Main - 1890, 1974; restored 2001 (NR, FWHSE)
Woolworth Building - 501 Houston - 1926 (NR, CFW)
Y.M.C.A. - 512 Lamar - 1924-25
  Y.W.C.A. (I) - 512 W. 4th - 1928; 1999 (NR, RTHL, CFW)

 

Fort Worth's Tallest Buildings

Downtown Buildings Demolished Since 1995

Demolished Fort Worth Landmarks

Under Construction, Proposed, & Unbuilt in Downtown

March 28, 2000 Tornado Pictures

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Panoramic Photo from the Library of Congress - Houston Street in 1910

Panoramic Photo from the Library of Congress - From the Courthouse in 1918

Panoramic Photo from the Library of Congress - 7th & Commerce in 1920

 

 

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