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#1 Brian Luenser

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 08:44 AM

Could not find a thread for this new building. Sorry if I am missing it.

I took a few photos of this new building on my way to work this morning. (Due to a series of errors and mis-calculations I was running early.)

I really think this building looks fresh and handsome. Let's take a look, shall we?








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Posted 07 October 2008 - 09:57 AM

They put the plaque from the old church building on the new building? That's kind of odd. Is that as unusual as I think it is?

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 11:00 AM

QUOTE (Atomic Glee @ Oct 7 2008, 10:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They put the plaque from the old church building on the new building? That's kind of odd. Is that as unusual as I think it is?



Wow. Did I have my head up my @$%! I was assuming the address was 1925 Weatherford. (I went in and edited my new thread title as to lessen the disgrace to my family.) wacko.gif

I was so caught up in my picture taking I did think how odd it was that this Downtown structure would be 19 blocks from the Courthouse! But sure enough, how did they decide to put a plaque from 1925 on this building that is still under construction in 2008?
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Posted 07 October 2008 - 11:10 AM

QUOTE (monee9696 @ Oct 7 2008, 12:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was so caught up in my picture taking I did think how odd it was that this Downtown structure would be 19 blocks from the Courthouse! But sure enough, how did they decide to put a plaque from 1925 on this building that is still under construction in 2008?


And which has nothing at all to do with the Methodist church - this is a new office building for Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, who occupied the building torn down to build this (which was an old church structure).

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 12:14 PM

QUOTE (Atomic Glee @ Oct 7 2008, 10:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They put the plaque from the old church building on the new building? That's kind of odd. Is that as unusual as I think it is?


That's a new one for me, too. I never heard mention of the cornerstone during early conversations with the architects about the building. I wonder if it was some hokey idea concocted by an attorney from Legal Aid, or perhaps the general contractor. I have a feeling the architects wouldn't have intended for this to happen.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE (Atomic Glee @ Oct 7 2008, 12:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (monee9696 @ Oct 7 2008, 12:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was so caught up in my picture taking I did think how odd it was that this Downtown structure would be 19 blocks from the Courthouse! But sure enough, how did they decide to put a plaque from 1925 on this building that is still under construction in 2008?


And which has nothing at all to do with the Methodist church - this is a new office building for Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, who occupied the building torn down to build this (which was an old church structure).


Gee. Am I the only one confused here? The plaque infers the building was built in 1925 and that it is affiliated with the Methodist Church?

I can only guess they get property tax breaks for being both a historical building and a church. newlaugh.gif
I may put the same plaque on my business.

I was thinking it was the Legal Aid building, but fell for the church sign. (If it's etched in stone, it must be true!)

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 01:25 PM

QUOTE (monee9696 @ Oct 7 2008, 01:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was thinking it was the Legal Aid building, but fell for the church sign. (If it's etched in stone, it must be true!)


Didn't anyone ever tell you that you can't believe everything you see on TV or read in etched stone?

Actually, here's the description from the Fort Worth Architecture site (which can clear up why a Church's name is on that cornerstone):

CIVIC BUILDING (formerly Weatherford Street Methodist Church) - 600 E. Weatherford St. - Demolished July, 10, 2007. Architect W.C. Meador designed this building for the Weatherford Street Methodist Church in 1925. The building was richly detailed with a parapet that varied in height. The main level of the structure sat on a raised basement. Declining membership forced the church to close its doors in 1957. Around 1960, the structure was renovated and converted into office use. At that time, it was renamed the Civic Building. West Texas Legal Services owned the building and demolished it to build a larger building on the same site.

And photo of the old building (again, credit to the Fort Worth Architecture site):



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Posted 07 October 2008 - 01:27 PM

QUOTE (Recyclican @ Oct 7 2008, 01:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Atomic Glee @ Oct 7 2008, 10:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They put the plaque from the old church building on the new building? That's kind of odd. Is that as unusual as I think it is?


That's a new one for me, too. I never heard mention of the cornerstone during early conversations with the architects about the building. I wonder if it was some hokey idea concocted by an attorney from Legal Aid, or perhaps the general contractor. I have a feeling the architects wouldn't have intended for this to happen.


That's indeed bizarre. As y'all know, I am a big fan of both historical preservation and traditional architecture, and this is neither. It's a modern building built where a historic building once stood. Putting the cornerstone from the historic structure on the new building (which is totally unrelated to the original) is just weird. I appreciate the sentiment of wanting to preserve something of the original structure, but it would have been more appropriate as a standalone piece not attached to the new building. Personally, I'd feel a little miffed if I were the architects of the new building - the old cornerstone doesn't give credit to the actual architects of the new structure. Why not make a new cornerstone for the new building and preserve the old in the lobby or on a pedestal outside or something?

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 10:04 PM

That is a quality building. It looks very elegant and they did an incredible job of hiding the parking. That block has turned out to look quite urban. I love the house that sits between the LANWT building and the Pecan Place Townhomes. I hope it stays, it makes that block look very organic. Is that house empty or is it used as an office?

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 06:26 AM

QUOTE (tjh1 @ Oct 7 2008, 11:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love the house that sits between the LANWT building and the Pecan Place Townhomes. I hope it stays, it makes that block look very organic. Is that house empty or is it used as an office?


That house is owned by Judge Wayne Salvant; and his son - Brian - operates a law office out of it. I haven't heard of any indication of selling the house, in part because the lot is almost too small to develop on (considering its proximity to the townhomes & law office building).

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 01:04 PM

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This building kind of looks like DPD HQ.

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 08:40 PM

QUOTE (tjh1 @ Oct 7 2008, 11:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That is a quality building. It looks very elegant and they did an incredible job of hiding the parking. That block has turned out to look quite urban. I love the house that sits between the LANWT building and the Pecan Place Townhomes. I hope it stays, it makes that block look very organic. Is that house empty or is it used as an office?


I've heard that residents of pecan place townhomes would love to have that 'organic' piece of junk torn down. there is a balance between 'historic' and 'falling down'.

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Posted 30 June 2009 - 05:55 PM

I think the Legal Aid building is far superior to the Pecan Place townhouses, however that doesn't really say much.


QUOTE (grow_smart @ Oct 11 2008, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (tjh1 @ Oct 7 2008, 11:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That is a quality building. It looks very elegant and they did an incredible job of hiding the parking. That block has turned out to look quite urban. I love the house that sits between the LANWT building and the Pecan Place Townhomes. I hope it stays, it makes that block look very organic. Is that house empty or is it used as an office?


I've heard that residents of pecan place townhomes would love to have that 'organic' piece of junk torn down. there is a balance between 'historic' and 'falling down'.






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