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#1 AndyN

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 11:14 AM

I was surprised to find no individual thread on the Spring Palace.

The TSHA is having an auction March 10, 2012 and included on the list is a nice medal awarded in 1890.

1890 Spring Palace Award Medal

Awarded to Houston County for best display of forest products.

Zoom to check out the detail in the engraving. Excellent.

Texas Spring Palace in the Jack White Collection
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 02:31 PM

I had not heard of this before - what a structure and what a story!! Thanks for bringing it to the attention of the unenlightened such as myself! I did Google it and found that there is an old thread on here somewhere ( I think from 2005?), but it's under the name of the gentleman who died in the fire (and whose name I have already forgotten. Ah, the ravages of age!)
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:18 PM

The gentleman who died in the fire saving everyone else was Al Hayne. There is a monument to him is located at Lancaster and Main Streets.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:00 PM

I want one.

Seriously.

What if one was built either roughly in the same location as the original, or across Lancaster from the T&P? I'm not sure it needs to follow the original intent (local products, vegetation, etc.), but I love that design.

It's not a complete thought. I just want one.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 03:34 PM

Yeah, but definitely fire-proof materials. Wheat stacked on the roof is probably a no-go with the fire marshal, too.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:16 PM

The gentleman who died in the fire saving everyone else was Al Hayne. There is a monument to him is located at Lancaster and Main Streets.

He's also listed as (I believe the first) fire brigade or peace officer KIA at the Police and Firefighters memorial in Trinity Park.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 11:43 AM

What if you built one out of normal building materials on the old Frank Kent site? Higly visible location, it would be interesting.

Is there anything you could do with a building that size? What about a "where the west begins" museum and Chamber of Commerce offices?

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 12:40 AM

Wow, I never realized Fort Worth had something like this! What a shame it burned down.


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 12:07 PM

Fort Worth did not have a monopoly on "palaces" of this kind. In Mitchell, South Dakota, is (still extant) a similar "Corn Palace' with historical origins going back to the 1880's. If anyone needed inspiration for a replica to be built here, it would not be too challenging to do so. However, less land these days is devoted in Texas for a wide variety of produce (due to periodic droughts and raising livestock being more profitable and less labor intense) but such a "palace" could still be constructed. I'm sure today it would be required to have fire sprinklers and clearly marked multiple exits.



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 03:17 PM

It could be done, but meeting building codes gets more difficult every day.  Its size and use would warrant fire sprinklers and multiple exits spaced properly within both the rooms, and the building as a whole, would be required by the International Building Code.  



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 06:07 PM

Does anyone know where this was built at/what's there now (if anything)?



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 06:32 PM

I believe it was at the southwest corner of the intersection of Main and the T&P Railroad tracks. Presently occupied by I-30, some parking, an electric substation and maybe Grainger, but I'm not sure how far west the property extended.


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 03:54 PM

The Spring Palace stood just east of Jennings Ave. between what's now Vickery and the rail/I-30 right of way. The Palace dome was centered between Galveston and St. Louis Streets. The lot remained open for many years after the fire and the grounds were used for circus performances, public events and, at one time, a massive travelling show depicting the destruction of Pompeii.



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 09:39 PM

I would liked to have seen the massive traveling show depicting the destruction of Pompeii.






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