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#151 rriojas71

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 08:15 PM

They went up yesterday. I noticed them when I was downtown yesterday afternoon.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 09:23 AM

Really wrapping up. They were installing trees back onto the 9th street sidewalk today and rebuilding the curbs. Should be open next month. 



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 09:53 AM

Austin, have you heard about an opening date next month?  The last I heard, it was scheduled for right after the new year.



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:08 AM

I have heard of several different opening dates, so I can't confirm on when it will actually be open.



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:15 AM

Yeh looking into not sure either. 



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 01:26 PM

I think it's a great looking building.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 11:14 PM

fire alarms were being tested tonight (8:30 pm 9/27/17) and nopticed some of the sidewalks were set. its a nice looking building IMO.



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 03:59 PM

Excpept for the Cherry Picker and orange barrels, you can't tell this is still U/C from the outside. Looks just about done.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:46 PM

I was driving north on Commerce this evening and as I can around the curbed portion on commerce the building was lit up by the workers still on the site and I felt like it has already made that area of downtown feel alive. When the proposed apartment tower and Hilton Annex conversion are done I believe that this area will activate and possibly create another area of downtown that could become a destination.

Now only if we can start workin on removing the Commerce Street curb asap.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:54 PM

I was driving north on Commerce this evening and as I can around the curbed portion on commerce the building was lit up by the workers still on the site and I felt like it has already made that area of downtown feel alive. When the proposed apartment tower and Hilton Annex conversion are done I believe that this area will activate and possibly create another area of downtown that could become a destination.

Now only if we can start workin on removing the Commerce Street curb asap.

 

Two things we are in agreement on:  a future area of activity and a removal of sort - the newly crowned ugliest structure in Downtown...the Convention Center Power Plant.

 

By the way, where is the parking?...OMG you don't even know that there is any..."Design Team---terrific job!" 

 

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:57 PM

I agree... the plant its even uglier now that it’s next to a brand new building.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 03:00 PM

I heard a rumor that the opening date is now set for Thursday, November 2nd.



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:00 PM

They are not quite finished, but here is my cell phone photograph taken of the building tonight.

 

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:07 PM

It illuminates a too long dark corner of Downtown.  It will be great once more entertainment and dining options come to pass in this area.



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:43 PM

I will take a better photo, once the hotel is open.  I had my good camera with me, but I was going to have to set everything up, including a tripod, so since there was equipment in front and they were working on the north side of the building, I decided to wait to take a higher resolution picture.  I don't know if you noticed it, but one of the vertical cove strips was not working tonight.



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:08 PM

According to the hotel's Facebook page, they opened on October 19th.  That is the day I took my photograph.  Unfortunately, they didn't look open.  However, I was by there today and they somewhat appeared to be open.  Brian Luenser took a picture tonight and the vertical cove lighting on the north side and the blade sign on the same facade were still not working.



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:06 PM

Last Saturday night, the window curtains were open and it looked like there were people in the lobby.


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Posted 09 November 2017 - 03:25 PM

This morning, Channel 8 had a view from the Fort Worth Tower Cam, and it appears that the vertical row of cove lighting on the north side has been repaired and the blade sign on 9th Street is now operating. I think all of the lighting and signs are now working.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:08 PM

PeopleAreStrange, Tommy Simmons (a forum lurker and meeting attendee), and I went into the Hampton Inn & Suites today after the Downtown Fort Worth Walking Tour.  The hotel is open, and has been for three weeks.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:22 PM

At night all the light floods into the street and really livens the area up. This is a nice addition to downtown.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:31 PM

The interior of the hotel is very nice.  It's the nicest Hampton Inn to which I have been inside.  I need to get a good nighttime photo, but I don't know if I will add it to the architectural listings on the main part of the site.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:54 PM

I am glad we are seeing more and more buildings downtown where the parking garage is incorporated within the building instead of stand alone.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 01:19 PM

Yes, from two of the three street frontages, it is difficult to tell where the parking is located, at least during the day.  From my night shot, it is a little more obvious that the parking is on the 2nd and 3rd levels.  After looking at the interior, a good bit of the first floor on the southeast side of the building is also parking. 



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:26 PM

I have a question for the Forum Members to have an influence on the website.  Do you think the Hampton Inn & Suites should have a listing as an Architecturally Significant Building?  Answer yes or no, but also continue the discussion on the building.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 03:00 PM

Hampton Inn & Suites - ASB: Yes.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 05:34 PM

Im leaning towards yes on this one. 



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:05 AM

John, what is the standard for architecturally significant? 

 

Sometimes it seems that can be better judged after 20 years, when we have time to see if the building is a quality representative of the design of the period. 

 

If I were just judging the architecture, I;d call it inoffensive -- it "does no harm".  So if our standards are modest, then yes, its "significant", IMO.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:47 AM

Architecturally Significant Building? YES



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:05 AM

An attractive low-rise hotel that lights up a dismal side of downtown, yes.  Architecturally significant?  No.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:40 AM

Maybe, I should have asked the forum if they think it is worth listing on the site.  I'm quite sure some of the newer buildings that I have already listed really aren't architecturally significant, but they still were included due to my subjectivity.  This is an attractive low rise hotel that normally wouldn't be listed on my site.  Yet, it does add some activity and light to a dark and rather barren part of downtown.  It would have been nice if it was a high-rise, but considering the site is just about equal to one city block, they had the room to spread the building out and still build to the maximum footprint.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:54 AM

I would add it.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:58 AM

I think in most cases I would say no, but due to it’s location and the fact that it has has given energy and possibly helped contributto the rebirth of an otherwise dreary part of downtown I would say Yes

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 04:43 PM

Here are the two photographs that I will be using for the website, since most of you think it deserves a listing on the main website.  The daytime photograph was taken on November 5th and the nighttime photo was taken on November 17th.

 

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