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#1 pmburk

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:40 AM

On the circle just in front of Ridglea Country Club, there's a large red brick house. It was a security company at one time and perhaps also housed a school or a day care. Friends and I are curious - it looks to have been a residential structure at one time. The house is now vacant and for sale:

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Am curious if anyone knows any history on this.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:40 AM

The building was originally constructed as a house. There were several large homes on that side of the street and on the block where the Ridglea Bank Building is now standing. This house is the only one that's left on the east side of Bernie Anderson. Without disclosing much more information, I measured the house earlier this year for a potential buyer.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:46 AM

According to tad.org it was built in 1949 and it was a residence originally. It is the last survivor of several homes that were once on that block and across the street where the bank now is. Demolition and/or removal began in the late 1960s; the house at the northwest corner of Tamworth and Brants is one of these.

A look at the site on historicaerials.com will be instructive. In 1956 and 1963 the homes are there along with some vacant lots By 1970 only the survivor and a house across the street still stand and by 1979 there are commercial buildings between the house and Camp Bowie and the Bank of America building occupies the block across the street.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 01:08 PM

According to tad.org it was built in 1949 and it was a residence originally. It is the last survivor of several homes that were once on that block and across the street where the bank now is. Demolition and/or removal began in the late 1960s; the house at the northwest corner of Tamworth and Brants is one of these.


Wow, interesting! I had no idea the house at Tamworth & Brants had been moved to that location.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 02:02 PM

We have a copy of the original deed and it was constructed in 1949.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 06:20 PM

180 bucks a square foot, a bit pricey.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:11 PM

Wow, interesting! I had no idea the house at Tamworth & Brants had been moved to that location.


Actually I was mistaken. I went by this afternoon to make sure and it is the corner of Shadow and Brants.

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 05:19 PM

I noticed this today when I was out riding around

 

Side view of the house:
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Closeup of the sign

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 08:33 AM

Thanks for the updated photos.  Since I work down the street in the old Levitz Warehouse, I do go by there often, but I hadn't noticed the sign and the construction work.  The house will probably be a great location for a business of this type.



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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:54 PM

A 1955 aerial of that block: 

 

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:49 PM

A 1955 aerial of that block: 

 

 

Wow, brings back lots of memories. My first "real" job was doing basic maintenance and lawn care for the apartments shown on the right of the photo. Does anyone know the history behind them? I always wondered as they had been there for so long. Tried doing some research on TAD but not much history I could find. Historic Aerials go back to 52 and they were there then. They kind of remind me of military Housing but that was over in Westworh village area by the base. They were government housing when I worked there in the mid 70's but can't imagine that's what they were originally built as. 



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Posted Yesterday, 09:33 AM

I recall seeing a 1943 Ashburn's map that had that area marked "polo grounds". I have also seen a 1953 issue of This Month in Fort Worth with a photograph of those apartments calling them "new". My memories are subject to revision by the passing years, of course.



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Posted Yesterday, 09:37 AM

Another aerial from that same flight with a better view of those apartments. Note the unpaved streets in Como: http://library.uta.e...0180666d3db.jpg



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Posted Today, 08:07 AM

I recall seeing a 1943 Ashburn's map that had that area marked "polo grounds". I have also seen a 1953 issue of This Month in Fort Worth with a photograph of those apartments calling them "new". My memories are subject to revision by the passing years, of course.

 

Thanks for the info and photo Ghost. They always reminded me of the Butler housing and I always wondered if they were built originally as low income housing or if they were just standard apartments. In the 70's they were definitely section 8 type but as they were across from the Country club I always wondered.  



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Posted Today, 11:29 AM

I remember the ones in the northernmost block looked different from the rest and were torn down many years earlier. They looked like some on Byers or Bryce in Arlington Heights that still stand today. Mid-century apartment complexes don't seem to have a high survival rate.



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Posted Today, 11:39 AM

From the Camp Bowie Boulevard Facebook page. The caption in Juliet George's book, page 104, reads, "planners of Ridglea Presbyterian Church meet in the grass-covered lot where they would build a chapel..." I believe the house in the background is one of the two that faced south on Sunset. This is circa 1942-43, making it perhaps the earliest of the group.  https://www.facebook...?type=3






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