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#1 kksmith

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:58 PM

I worked at the Green Oaks Inn when it was pretty new -- around 1971. I worked as a busboy in the private restaurant/club at the top of the main stairway (at least it felt like a swanky, private club). The club served dinner and of course drinks. Customers entered through a doorway into a dark, candlelit room (with no windows) where they were greeted by a hostess in formal dress. The food was great, as I recall. The fancy restaurant/club also had entertainers who would play piano or guitar and sing. I remember in particular a singer/guitarist called "Romano". I can still hear the hostess' introduction of him as he began a set. Can anyone remember the name of that restaurant/club? Also, can you remind me of the layout of the "fancy" restaurant/club and the more casual restaurant which I recall was right next to it at the top of the stairs? I stayed at the Green Oaks Hotel this past weekend, and the layout has been changed over the years. The fancy restaurant/club is now no longer there, but there is still a casual restaurant (not sure it's in the same location as it was back then) and a sad bar called Feathers.

Although Green Oaks is still hanging on, and clean, time has not been kind.

I grew up in Fort Worth, and my family would often spend weekends at Green Oaks. The pool area was beautiful (and still is). If anyone has any memories of the "old days" at Green Oaks Inn, I would love to hear them.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE(kksmith @ Nov 27 2006, 01:58 PM) View Post

I worked at the Green Oaks Inn when it was pretty new -- around 1971. I worked as a busboy in the private restaurant/club at the top of the main stairway (at least it felt like a swanky, private club). The club served dinner and of course drinks. Customers entered through a doorway into a dark, candlelit room (with no windows) where they were greeted by a hostess in formal dress. The food was great, as I recall. The fancy restaurant/club also had entertainers who would play piano or guitar and sing. I remember in particular a singer/guitarist called "Romano". I can still hear the hostess' introduction of him as he began a set. Can anyone remember the name of that restaurant/club? Also, can you remind me of the layout of the "fancy" restaurant/club and the more casual restaurant which I recall was right next to it at the top of the stairs? I stayed at the Green Oaks Hotel this past weekend, and the layout has been changed over the years. The fancy restaurant/club is now no longer there, but there is still a casual restaurant (not sure it's in the same location as it was back then) and a sad bar called Feathers.

Although Green Oaks is still hanging on, and clean, time has not been kind.

I grew up in Fort Worth, and my family would often spend weekends at Green Oaks. The pool area was beautiful (and still is). If anyone has any memories of the "old days" at Green Oaks Inn, I would love to hear them.


I've only driven past, but I was told a homicide was committed here. I would be interested to hear personal accounts of this event, if it actually occurred.

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 04:30 AM

QUOTE(kksmith @ Nov 27 2006, 01:58 PM) View Post

I worked at the Green Oaks Inn when it was pretty new -- around 1971. I worked as a busboy in the private restaurant/club at the top of the main stairway (at least it felt like a swanky, private club). The club served dinner and of course drinks. Customers entered through a doorway into a dark, candlelit room (with no windows) where they were greeted by a hostess in formal dress. The food was great, as I recall. The fancy restaurant/club also had entertainers who would play piano or guitar and sing. I remember in particular a singer/guitarist called "Romano". I can still hear the hostess' introduction of him as he began a set. Can anyone remember the name of that restaurant/club? Also, can you remind me of the layout of the "fancy" restaurant/club and the more casual restaurant which I recall was right next to it at the top of the stairs? I stayed at the Green Oaks Hotel this past weekend, and the layout has been changed over the years. The fancy restaurant/club is now no longer there, but there is still a casual restaurant (not sure it's in the same location as it was back then) and a sad bar called Feathers.

Although Green Oaks is still hanging on, and clean, time has not been kind.

I grew up in Fort Worth, and my family would often spend weekends at Green Oaks. The pool area was beautiful (and still is). If anyone has any memories of the "old days" at Green Oaks Inn, I would love to hear them.




I think it was called the Key Club. It was originally located at Western Hills Hotel, but I am guessing that it moved over to Green Oaks when the new hotel opened.

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 11:01 AM




I think it was called the Key Club. It was originally located at Western Hills Hotel, but I am guessing that it moved over to Green Oaks when the new hotel opened.
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Posted 17 March 2007 - 02:37 PM

The Three Staggs Club was the name of the club at Green Oaks Inn. If you belonged there you could use the pool also and we did some times.

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 01:29 PM

QUOTE(Paul Hinson @ Mar 17 2007, 03:37 PM) View Post

The Three Staggs Club was the name of the club at Green Oaks Inn. If you belonged there you could use the pool also and we did some times.



That's it! Thanks, Paul!

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:20 PM

QUOTE(kksmith @ Nov 27 2006, 01:58 PM) View Post

I worked at the Green Oaks Inn when it was pretty new -- around 1971. I worked as a busboy in the private restaurant/club at the top of the main stairway (at least it felt like a swanky, private club). The club served dinner and of course drinks. Customers entered through a doorway into a dark, candlelit room (with no windows) where they were greeted by a hostess in formal dress. The food was great, as I recall. The fancy restaurant/club also had entertainers who would play piano or guitar and sing. I remember in particular a singer/guitarist called "Romano". I can still hear the hostess' introduction of him as he began a set. Can anyone remember the name of that restaurant/club? Also, can you remind me of the layout of the "fancy" restaurant/club and the more casual restaurant which I recall was right next to it at the top of the stairs? I stayed at the Green Oaks Hotel this past weekend, and the layout has been changed over the years. The fancy restaurant/club is now no longer there, but there is still a casual restaurant (not sure it's in the same location as it was back then) and a sad bar called Feathers.

Although Green Oaks is still hanging on, and clean, time has not been kind.

I grew up in Fort Worth, and my family would often spend weekends at Green Oaks. The pool area was beautiful (and still is). If anyone has any memories of the "old days" at Green Oaks Inn, I would love to hear them.

I am pretty certain that Elvis stayed there in the 70's when he played at TCCC. My mom, aunt, brother & I went to see him leave his room to get in his limo to go to the show. All of them went to see him in concert... I was a teenager & too cool to still like 'E'. I did snap a pic of "him" (or a double) running from his room to the limo, but a man in front of me blocked the photo with his arm when he took a photo at the same instant! dry.gif

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 01:48 PM

QUOTE(FWFF'r @ Jun 11 2007, 11:20 PM) View Post

QUOTE(kksmith @ Nov 27 2006, 01:58 PM) View Post

I worked at the Green Oaks Inn when it was pretty new -- around 1971. I worked as a busboy in the private restaurant/club at the top of the main stairway (at least it felt like a swanky, private club). The club served dinner and of course drinks. Customers entered through a doorway into a dark, candlelit room (with no windows) where they were greeted by a hostess in formal dress. The food was great, as I recall. The fancy restaurant/club also had entertainers who would play piano or guitar and sing. I remember in particular a singer/guitarist called "Romano". I can still hear the hostess' introduction of him as he began a set. Can anyone remember the name of that restaurant/club? Also, can you remind me of the layout of the "fancy" restaurant/club and the more casual restaurant which I recall was right next to it at the top of the stairs? I stayed at the Green Oaks Hotel this past weekend, and the layout has been changed over the years. The fancy restaurant/club is now no longer there, but there is still a casual restaurant (not sure it's in the same location as it was back then) and a sad bar called Feathers.

Although Green Oaks is still hanging on, and clean, time has not been kind.

I grew up in Fort Worth, and my family would often spend weekends at Green Oaks. The pool area was beautiful (and still is). If anyone has any memories of the "old days" at Green Oaks Inn, I would love to hear them.

I am pretty certain that Elvis stayed there in the 70's when he played at TCCC. My mom, aunt, brother & I went to see him leave his room to get in his limo to go to the show. All of them went to see him in concert... I was a teenager & too cool to still like 'E'. I did snap a pic of "him" (or a double) running from his room to the limo, but a man in front of me blocked the photo with his arm when he took a photo at the same instant! dry.gif


I've stayed there a time or too when I was in high school in the 80's and it just seemed like it was nothing more than an above average "motel."



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Posted 12 June 2007 - 02:54 PM

My family stayed there the first time we accompanied my dad on a business trip to FW. My mom's first impression of FW wasn't very good, as I remember she really hated it. And although I can't remember the exact reason, she really hated Green Oaks Inn. I remember we were going to be there for a week, but we left the hotel after two days and moved to the Ramada on University. It (Ramada) was a pretty nice hotel then. Green Oaks, as CJ said, was very motel-ish.

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 10:31 AM

Posted on Mon, Aug. 27, 2007

Green Oaks Hotel to be torn down, replaced

By Sandra Baker
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The landmark Green Oaks Hotel in west Fort Worth, famous for once hosting Elvis Presley, will be torn down in December to make room for a three-story office building and possibly another hotel, its owners said Monday.

The hotel’s employees were told late last week about the plans and to not book business or guests beyond November, said Bill Cawley, chairman and chief executive of Dallas-based Cawley Wilcox Cos., the real estate development firm that bought the 284-room hotel in 2002.

Demolition of the 42-year-old hotel is scheduled to occur in December and construction will begin on a 185,000-square-foot office building in January. The speculative building should be ready for occupancy in late 2008 or early 2009, the company said.

The site is about 12 acres, but the office building will use only seven acres, said Kenneth Reese, the project’s manager with Cawley Wilcox Cos.

“We do have enough land to develop a hotel on the site in conjunction with the office building and we are in talks with several flagship hotel companies and also looking at whether we develop it ourselves,” Reese said.

Although business is good — and many times of the year the hotel is fully booked — the owners have mulled the idea of tearing down the outdated hotel for more than a year, Reese said.

“It’s just time,” he said. “This is in response to where the market is.”

The Green Oaks Hotel, 6901 West Freeway, is managed by Dallas-based Hospitality Management Corp. Reese said the hotel’s employees will likely be reassigned to other hotels it manages. According to its Web site, Hospitality Management operates hotels throughout Texas, and in Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The Tudor-style hotel is located on the south side of Interstate 30 across from Ridgmar Mall. It opened in December 1965 as the Green Oaks Inn. Throughout the years it has hosted several celebrities, among them Tina Turner, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Janet Leigh, John Forsythe and Jimmy Durante. Presley stayed there in 1974 when he performed at the then Tarrant County Convention Center.

Cawley Wilcox bought the hotel from LaSalle Bank of Chicago, which foreclosed on Calstar in Laguna Niguel, Calif., for defaulting on its mortgage. The bank operated the hotel for about two years.

Cawley Wilcox Cos. also owns the Overton Centre office complex near Hulen Street and Interstate 20 in southwest Fort Worth, and the Ridglea Bank Building off Camp Bowie Boulevard. More than a year the company was in talks to buy land in downtown Fort Worth where it considered building a 60-story office and condominium tower.

Reese said final designs of the office building are still being decided, but it will be a LEED certified building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a building rating system that serves as the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We believe it is the right thing to do for the community and for the marketplace,” Reese said. “This will incorporate both energy efficient systems and environmental friendly materials that will benefit the tenants.”

The office building and hotel will be situated to save the existing oak trees, some of which are 42-inches in diameter, he said.

“We are in the design phase of incorporating into the building a feature to pay homage to the Green Oaks Hotel and its history in Fort Worth,” Reese said. “There will be water features, the large oak trees and exterior glass elements that will allow for interaction with the water and views of downtown Fort Worth.”

A name has not yet been chosen, he said.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727



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Posted 30 August 2007 - 06:06 PM

I remember hearing a story about a famous female celebrity who stayed there and who had quite the figure. Story was that she went out to the pool late one evening, got on the diving board sans swimsuit, and dived in. Several folks remember seeing her do this.

I heard this story in my History of Fort Worth extended education class taught by Quentin McGown. I can't reemember the name of the celebrity but I'm pretty sure this was the hotel she did this at.

Maybe someone else has more info.


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Posted 02 December 2007 - 11:19 PM

I went to the Green Oaks Inn precisely twice in my life. I remember the big electric sign "Green... Oaks... Inn" lighting up sequentially at night!

The first time I went there was in the middle 1980s when I was working at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Specifically, I was working in the Noble Planetarium (all of which has just been demolished!) and it was our turn one year to host a national gathering of astronomers/planetarium employees. Our guest speaker was astronaut Robert Crippen, who flew on the very first space shuttle flight. Got my picture taken with him, too. smile.gif

The second time I went there was when I got tricked into attending what turned out to be an Amway convention. I stormed out of there in less than five minutes. mad.gif






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