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Postcards, Pt. 3 - Skyline/pre-ugly SBC Building


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#1 Fort Worthology

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 05:04 PM

Here's a nifty old skyline postcard, complete with annotations:

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Some notes:

A. It still amazes me how much of southern downtown is completely gone today.
B. The "Fort Worth National Bank" building is, of course, what we know today as the Transport Life Building, or 714 Main. The "Trinity Life Insurance Building" is the Aviation Building, the achingly gorgeous Art Deco tower demolished to build Carter + Burgess Plaza.
C. "Telephone Building," you say?

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That's right, ladies and gents: unless I'm mistaken, you're looking at the beginnings of the SBC Building, before all the staggering ugliness was added to it over time. Hard to even recognize it in this form.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 06:35 PM

Kevin, I wouldn't call it the beginnings. What you are seeing here is a result of the second addition (1926) to the original 1899 Southwestern Bell Telephone building on the site. Please refer to: http://www.fortworth...re.com/swbt.htm for a complete history of the building and all of the additions. By the time the postcard was printed, SBC had already occupied all of the buildings along Throckmorton Street. The building to the north was constructed for the phone company in 1903 and was demolished around 1970.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Dec 5 2006, 06:35 PM) View Post

Kevin, I wouldn't call it the beginnings. What you are seeing here is a result of the second addition (1926) to the original 1899 Southwestern Bell Telephone building on the site. Please refer to: http://www.fortworth...re.com/swbt.htm for a complete history of the building and all of the additions. By the time the postcard was printed, SBC had already occupied all of the buildings along Throckmorton Street. The building to the north was constructed for the phone company in 1903 and was demolished around 1970.



John...refer everyone to my OldFW page which shows the VERY BEGINNING
at Second and Houston.

Jack

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 02:38 PM

WoW!

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 10:44 PM

Where is the HPLofts or the Flatiron?

Wish the Gen. Worth Square was filled in like that again.
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:11 AM

QUOTE(Jack White @ Apr 25 2007, 03:14 PM) View Post


John...refer everyone to my OldFW page which shows the VERY BEGINNING
at Second and Houston.

Jack



Man, you've added a ton of photos!

That's going to take me a while to get through. Thanks for sharing them.



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Posted 27 April 2007 - 09:29 PM

Donnie, there are also quite a few more photos that Jack has already sent to me that I haven't uploaded.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 01:19 AM

QUOTE(safly @ Apr 25 2007, 11:44 PM) View Post

Where is the HPLofts or the Flatiron?


I started to answer before that it looked like the perspective was from the Flatiron, but then I realized I was a block off and stopped myself. The perspective was from the old Federal Building / Post Office, a building we should never have lost but did. :-(


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Posted 29 April 2007 - 08:40 PM

If you've been to the 29 Degree restaurant, then you know what I am talkin about. If you haven't then you must give it at least one try. Along the restroom hallway, they have these amazing FW Library Archive pic's of old FW. So cool, and much detail.
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