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#1 Austin55

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:07 PM

Today, there are only two notable buildings I can think of downtown which are abandoned/vacant - T&P Warehouse and the Public Market. However, in the past several buildings were left unoccupied. I'm to young to remember much of this, but have always wondered about some buildings which were once neglected. 

Obviously, the tower stood empty and windowless for a few years after the tornado. 

 

The webite lists the Blackstone as being empty for nearly all of the 80s and 90s. 

 

Though it had retail at ground level, the Jarvis Building was pretty badly neglected for a while.

 

I haven't found a good photo, but the City National Bank building looked pretty bad for a while when it was stuccoed over.

 

Any other buildings which have undergone major changes?

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:05 PM

T&P Terminal?


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:05 AM

Montgomery Ward Building

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:27 PM

This is a QUICK video so don't blink or you'll miss it...  The first thing you see is the CNB clock and then the Tarrant County Courthouse when it "upgraded" in 1958.  I believe the clock tower was painted white and outlined in neon with a neon flag on top.  I wasn't even born at the time but what were they thinking? 



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:18 PM

Here's a photo of the Nationial Bank building

 

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And the Mural building before the mural

 

Source for each

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:34 AM

Was the T&P Terminal ever vacant?

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:46 AM

I think that there was a time from around the lobby renovation in the late 90's until the loft conversion started where the upper floors were unused.

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:55 AM

JBB, you are correct.  There was a short period where the upper floors were vacant.



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 10:11 AM

Ah, so it was never really in neglect though? 



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 10:25 AM

There was a time when the owners had cleared out the offices and they were deciding on what they were going to do with the upper floors.  However, I wouldn't say the building was in terrible neglect.  For the time that the lobby was vacant between the last railroad use and the restoration for the TRE, that's where I would say the most neglect of the building was done.  However, at that time the upper floors were occupied.



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 10:26 AM

I would say no. The building was always in some sort of use. There was a time in there somewhere when a hotel conversion was proposed, but it never came to be when the city was reluctant to give it tax breaks in the midst of planning the Omni.

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 08:33 AM

I have vague childhood memories of going into the T&P Terminal building back in the '80s when it hosted HUD offices -- my dad was a homebuilder in Wichita Falls and had to visit on occasion, and once in a while he took me with him.  I never could have imagined back then that I'd eventually work downtown and catch the train there.






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