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#1 Bonfire98A

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:55 PM

Next door to the Tie Restaurant (which I highly recommend for lunch) is this vacant bank building.  It's pretty plain on the outside, and I'm guessing most passersby probably wouldn't bother peeking inside.  They have no idea what they're missing, especially if they're fans of mid-century modern.

 

Yep, pretty ordinary on the outside....

 

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...which belies the amazing space within.

 

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The spiral staircase in front of that flagstone wall is so cool.

 

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Believe it or not, I didn't actually go inside -- I simply placed my humble little iPhone against the windows and snapped these shots.  

 

What's funny is that most of the historic preservation efforts go towards older buildings that were typically replaced by buildings like these, but now it's been long enough that this style is beginning to earn accolades from preservationists as well.  I hope to see this space restored and re-opened someday.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:59 PM

Hey very cool. I'd always been able to see the outline of that staircase when I looked in, but never this well. I'm surprised it's vacant, Houston is a pretty bustling street. It looks like it could be made over into anything really. I also notice the stairs go down, wonder where that leads?

 

I also notice 9th street is a hot topic on the forums today. Discussion about this building, the "proposed" hotel, and the Moncrief building. I think this street has the potential to take off, it's got those nice wide brand new sidewalks, Hyde Park and GW Square, the evental CC expansion/Arena demolition, a couple of nice but vacant buildings, a few wide open surface lots, and the ITC right at the end of all of it. 



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 08:18 AM

It was built in 1959 for Farm & Home Savings.  The stairs probably go down to the safe deposit box vault in the basement.  The S&L's money vault is probably down there, as well.

 

By the way, those are great pictures from a cell phone through a window.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:33 AM

Great interior… would be a cool location for the FW Convention and Visitor's Bureau office.  



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:59 AM

Noticed last night the lights were on and the for sale signs were different. Maybe that will bring some more attention to a potential buyer.

 

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 11:18 AM

I think having the lights on at night would call more attention to the building.



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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:14 AM

And, it's got this cool thing on the sidewalk out front:

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:32 AM

I noted that building and the sprial staircase two nights ago when I rode by on my bike. I think you're right- having the lights on at night sure catches the eye!



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:40 AM

I don't know how I missed these pics a year ago. The interior looks like it's straight off of the set of Mad Men.

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 12:54 PM

I saw the doors open the other day and there were some workers inside; one fellow said the building was being renovated into a restaurant with patio seating on the roof.  Today, I saw a bunch of carpet in the lobby that appears to have been removed from either the basement or the second story.  Anyone know anything about the restaurant that will go there?



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:58 AM

I hope they aren't gutting it!



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Posted 05 May 2015 - 04:08 PM

 

Taylor and Shirlee Gandy have sold another downtown Fort Worth property, this one at the northeast corner of Houston and Ninth streets across from the Fort Worth Convention Center.

 
The 10,931-square-foot former savings and loan building was sold to 915 Houston Llc., an entity of real estate investor and developer Clay Mazur, principal of Mazur Capital in Fort Worth, records show.
 
In 2012, Mazur’s 1401 Foch L.P. bought the former Goldthwaite’s building and property at the south end of Foch Street near the entrance to Trinity Park. Several years ago, Mazur was also involved in developing the Capital Bar and the Magnolia Motor Lounge at Norwood and Morton streets, near West Seventh.
 
Scott Lowe with Vision Commercial, who represented the Gandy’s Ron Investments, said the buyer plans to repurpose the building, built in 1959, as a restaurant.
 
Mazur did not return phone calls seeking comment. Jordan Piper with Piper Commercial represented the buyer.
 
The Gandys also recently sold the former Rodeo Steakhouse building at 1309 Calhoun St. to Tony Formby, chief executive of 2x4 Brewing & Imports. The one-time investor in Fort Worth’s Rahr & Sons Brewing plans a distillery there.

 

 

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 12:19 PM

915 Houston has a dumpster outside and they've been gutting a lot of the interior since last week.  The staircase is still up, but all of the bank counters are gone.  Also, there is a sign out front with a proposed rendering of what the restaurant with rooftop patio will look like.



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Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:33 PM

It was mentioned at the Forum Meeting that they were demolishing the interior.



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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:57 PM

Doesn't appear that it will be mid-mod anymore, but does look very cool.

 

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 10:53 PM

Very impressive.
Will be a great addition to Downtown and the Convention Center area.

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 09:26 AM

Looks like a reasonable reuse, the ceiling is definitely improved...



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Posted 02 June 2015 - 03:04 PM

New renderings look fantastic from the outside, though I'm very disappointed that they're removing the stone wall behind the stairs.


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 10:17 PM

I actually think removing the stone wall is an improvement; it seemed a little contrived to begin with, and the white surfaces will allow the spiral stair to stand out more.



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 10:30 PM

So is this project cancelled? When I was downtown the other day, there was an "available" sign on one of the windows.

 

It didn't appear there was any work going on inside, and the stone wall is still in tact.


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 07:45 AM

Hm.  Interesting.


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 08:24 AM

Unless the rent is just horribly out of whack, I would think this will be snatched up quickly. It's a pretty prime location.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 08:29 AM

Unless the rent is just horribly out of whack, I would think this will be snatched up quickly. It's a pretty prime location.

 

...and yet it's been empty for how long?


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 09:02 AM

Yeah, true. I was under the impression that was because the owner was holding onto it for renovation.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:24 AM

Does Cleopatra Investments own it?



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:48 AM

Does Cleopatra Investments own it?

 

:glare:  :laugh:


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 11:42 AM

I know you're kidding, but it's actually owned by Taylor Gandy who has a pretty strong track record when it comes to historic property downtown.

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 03:21 AM

great looking preserving the nice parts on the inside. that staircase is stunning. this is going to be hard to rent out because of the lack of parking but worse still i don't think they can do valet on either of those streets although they sort of have it drawn up in their marketing diagrams. the design we're looking at is for marketing  primarily. slowly they'll inch towards their vision but they would rather let the tenant spend the money. 

 

im not certain but i think taylor gandy sold it to the guy that owns capital bar. 



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Posted Yesterday, 10:30 AM

Four years on, and it looks like the interior has been mostly stripped, but at least all the main structural elements remain in place, including the spiral stairs, the stone wall behind them and the mezzanine above.  

 

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Posted Yesterday, 11:31 AM

This building is the site of the proposed Canopy Hotel by Hilton.  If built, this building and interior will be demolished.



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Posted Yesterday, 01:23 PM

Nothing against renovating this small historical building, but I'd rather see a modern multi-story hotel at this location, which is what is planned.



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Posted Yesterday, 01:34 PM

This building is the site of the proposed Canopy Hotel by Hilton.  I

 

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Posted Yesterday, 07:39 PM

This building is the site of the proposed Canopy Hotel by Hilton.  If built, this building and interior will be demolished.

Would be nice if they kept the interior

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Posted Yesterday, 09:09 PM

This building is the site of the proposed Canopy Hotel by Hilton.  If built, this building and interior will be demolished.

 

What happen to this proposed use of the property?

 

Doesn't appear that it will be mid-mod anymore, but does look very cool.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 11:22 PM

Nothing against renovating this small historical building, but I'd rather see a modern multi-story hotel at this location, which is what is planned.

 

I would rather see the plans on paper brought to fruition... Lots of parking lots to build on without tearing down perfectly functional and attractive buildings. The use pictured would go great with a convention center across the street.







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