Sanger Brothers Building

515 Houston St. - 1925; Renovated 2000; Restored 2018

  • Sanger Brothers Building in 2002
    Sanger Brothers Building in 2002
  • Sanger Brothers Building After Restoration
    Sanger Brothers Building After Restoration

Historic Designation:
City of Fort Worth Demolition Delay


STS Tower
Color Tile Building
Meacham's Department Store
Transportation Building
Sanger Brothers Building


This 95,000 square foot building was designed by Wiley G. Clarkson of Fort Worth originally for the Sanger Brothers Department Store. Harry B. Friedman was the General Contractor.  The eight story building features a limestone base and shaft with an elaborate terra cotta cornice. Sanger's occupied the building for only four years until they opened a larger store one block north. See Sanger Lofts. After Sanger Brothers moved out, the building was renamed the Transportation Building and the Lerner Shops was the corner retail tenant until 1946. At that time, Lerner's moved across 5th Street to the old Scott-Harrold Building, now demolished. The best locally known tenant of the building was Meacham's Department Store. Meacham's occupied the building from 1947 until 1971.  After Meacham's closed, Color Tile relocated their corporate headquarters to this site. In July 1997, Color Tile closed its doors, and in 2000, renovations were completed inside to accommodate telecommunications and Internet-type companies.  Serving originally as a department store, the structure features 14 foot high ceilings.  On February 5, 2015 an announcement was made that the adjacent Sinclair Building was going to be converted into an Autograph Collection Hotel. Support services for the hotel are now located on the second floor of this building.  As a part of this project, the STS Tower was fully restored on the exterior.  The two buildings are under the same ownership. At the start of the restoration, the name was changed back to its historic name, the Sanger Brothers Building. CVS Pharmacy opened on the lower two levels on June 24, 2018.


Historic Photographs from UTA Libraries Digital Gallery:
1944 Photograph before Meacham's
1949 Photograph from 5th & Houston

1952 Photograph
1984 Color Photograph
Corner of Building - 1990
1990 Color Photograph


Architectural Style:
Early 20th Century

Wiley G. Clarkson, Fort Worth

Harry B. Friedman, Fort Worth

Retail/Office Building