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#101 John T Roberts

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 07:49 PM

I was downtown this evening and noticed the Baker Building was all lit up! This is how the building looks illuminated. I noticed the corner clock was installed yesterday.

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 09:58 PM

I drove by yesterday during the day and my mouth dropped open. It looks beautiful.

Would they be interested in doing Thistle Hill?

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 10:12 PM

I wondered what they were doing on the corner. I really dig the clock.

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 10:32 PM

I think Thistle Hill is in good hands with Historic Fort Worth.

JBB, that is the original clock placed on the building with the 1926 addition. I think we discussed it earlier in this thread. In the old photograph, you can definitely see it.

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 06:30 AM

The building was rededicated yesterday as the "Bob R. Simpson Building". A dedication ceremony was held there late yesterday afternoon. Here's the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the restoration and the renaming:

http://www.dfw.com/m...ss/13079991.htm

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Posted 05 November 2005 - 07:31 AM

What do you think about the name change?

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Posted 05 November 2005 - 01:39 PM

I'm not so much for renaming buildings, but more than anyone else downtown, they earned it.

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:58 PM

Love what they've done to it (judging by the pictures). Love the clock.

I don't care at all what they call it. Buildings often change names with new ownership (or tenants?). Heck, wasn't this building over half a century old when its name was changed to the Baker Building?

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 08:31 PM

The building was 57 years old when it was renamed the Baker Building. It proabably was good that they did rename it in 1967, because the First National Bank moved down to 500 W. 7th and was then known as the First National Bank Building.

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 09:15 PM

I was just thinking... wasn't it Baker that put the concrete panels on it just after he bought it? Undo the panels and undo the name; sounds good to me.

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 09:23 PM

QUOTE(gdvanc @ Nov 8 2005, 09:15 PM) View Post

I was just thinking... wasn't it Baker that put the concrete panels on it just after he bought it? Undo the panels and undo the name; sounds good to me.


That is correct.

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 09:36 AM

Does anyone know why the Simpson (Baker) building continues to be surrounded by scaffolding? It doesn't appear as if there are very many work platforms on it, just the support assembly. It's pretty unsightly.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 06:17 PM

They found that the ornate terra cotta cornice needed to be repaired. The only way the underneath side could be repaired was from below, so they had to erect the scaffolding.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 08:03 PM

Thanks! Any word on how long it will take? It seems like the scaffolding has been up since the Landmark implosion.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 08:43 PM

I really don't know how long it will take. I do know that the cornice is very intricate and I'm sure the repair work is painstaking.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 04:27 PM

Nice shots John. Did you have to use a long exposure and tripod? Really clear and great framing...

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 08:23 PM

Yes, I think the exposure was about 1 second and I did use a tripod. Every time that I try hand held shots at night, the photographs do not meet my requirements. Thanks for the comments, as those pics were taken more than one year ago.

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 12:20 PM

It looks like the repairs are done. A new copper roof is installed over the ledge and the scaffolding is coming down.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:00 PM

I sure like the Bob Simpson building these days. Class act again from XTO.

Late evening pic of 7th Street from Sunday.



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Posted 13 May 2008 - 08:58 PM

1940 First National Bank.


And check it out... before our employee's surfed porn all day they didn't need office dividers!


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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:21 PM

Taking pictures of the new lights on Houston and Throckmorton Streets. (Tripod and 10-22mm)


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Posted 19 August 2016 - 07:48 AM

I've noticed the clock has been missing for the past few weeks. Perhaps it's being restored? Anyone know?



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Posted 19 August 2016 - 11:02 AM

Again?  The clock was down for a while within the last year or so.  I guess they are doing more work on it.  You have to remember that it sat in the basement of the Bank of America Parking Garage from 1961 until 2005.



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Posted 19 August 2016 - 11:16 AM

Now that I think about it, I don't believe it was working the last time I saw it when it was up. I'm not sure when it came down. 



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 01:05 PM

Clock is back where it belongs.

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 01:36 PM

It appears that they have to remove it temporarily to repair it.







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