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#101 John T Roberts

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 10:52 PM

I haven't heard any more about it, but I'm guessing that is still in the plans to do the demolition.



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 07:14 AM

I guess I don't know the history on this building.  Seems fairly modern.  Why a demo instead of reuse? 


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Posted 25 November 2014 - 08:48 AM

From what I have heard, it is antiquated.  I have also heard that it can't be renovated into other uses.



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 03:26 PM

If that court bldg does get demolished, then will that open up an unobstructed view to the river or will the parking structure block the view ?



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 04:08 PM

I've already offered my thoughts on what should be done with those two buildings 

 

 

If that court bldg does get demolished, then will that open up an unobstructed view to the river or will the parking structure block the view ?

 

I don't think so, looks like that garage is 4-5 levels above Belknap.



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Posted 20 December 2014 - 02:55 PM

Looks like they are rebuilding the sidewalks around the building now, really finishing up. 

 

Has there been any talk on an actual name for it? New Civil Courthouse is a bit bland. And it won't be new forvever.



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Posted 20 December 2014 - 05:41 PM


Looks like they are rebuilding the sidewalks around the building now, really finishing up. 

 

Has there been any talk on an actual name for it? New Civil Courthouse is a bit bland. And it won't be new forvever.

 

 

Well, the old Civil Courthouse didn't have a name, either. But I guess we could name it after a former major civic leader.


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Posted 21 December 2014 - 11:14 PM

For now at least, the new building is just being called Tarrant County Civil Courts Building and the old building is retaining its name as the Tarrant County Courthouse. I suspect the confusion between the two will encourage the county to rename the new building...eventually.


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 11:53 AM

For now at least, the new building is just being called Tarrant County Civil Courts Building and the old building is retaining its name as the Tarrant County Courthouse. I suspect the confusion between the two will encourage the county to rename the new building...eventually.

Hmm.  Let's see.  The current criminal justice center was renamed for late D.A. Tim Curry.  One of our federal buildings was named after late renowned federal judge Eldon B. Mahon.  Fort Worth's police headquarters building is named after the late Chief Thomas R. Windham...to name a few.  So who among the late great civil district attorneys will get the "in nominem" honor for the new courts building?.



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Posted 23 December 2014 - 06:01 PM

 

For now at least, the new building is just being called Tarrant County Civil Courts Building and the old building is retaining its name as the Tarrant County Courthouse. I suspect the confusion between the two will encourage the county to rename the new building...eventually.

Hmm.  Let's see.  The current criminal justice center was renamed for late D.A. Tim Curry.  One of our federal buildings was named after late renowned federal judge Eldon B. Mahon.  Fort Worth's police headquarters building is named after the late Chief Thomas R. Windham...to name a few.  So who among the late great civil district attorneys will get the "in nominem" honor for the new courts building?.

 

 

 Given in the age of Twitter and You-Tube and the skeletons yet to be uncovered, my hope is that there will not be any more honorariums.  "The Tarrant County Civil Courts" sounds safe to me.



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Posted 24 December 2014 - 11:31 PM

The last court building prior to this one is named the Family Law Center.  Keep it simple and descriptive.  How about the Civil Law Center? There have been so many outstanding civil judges over the last century that I have a hard time naming the building for only one.



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Posted 18 February 2015 - 12:09 PM

Looks like they are rebuilding the sidewalks around the building now, really finishing up. 

 

Has there been any talk on an actual name for it? New Civil Courthouse is a bit bland. And it won't be new forvever.

 

Yes. It is being named for former County Judge Tom Vandergriff.



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Posted 20 February 2015 - 11:26 PM

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 10:13 AM

It's looking really nice.



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 03:33 PM

Looks like all that is left of the outside is to take the fencing down and turn on the open sign.

 

PS-Look at those spotlights, they are tiny little things. LED's I assume. 

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 07:58 PM

Someone really needs to determine the focal point for that curved wall. I'd love for it to be the top step on the east side of the old courthouse.



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Posted 05 July 2015 - 08:49 AM

Max Baker reviews the Vandergriff Civil Courts Building in today's S-T:

 

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"The courthouse, unlike many modern structures, was built to last at least 100 years". 



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Posted 24 July 2015 - 10:50 AM

Formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for August 11, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.



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Posted 24 July 2015 - 11:00 AM

I was out of town until Tuesday and I didn't pay attention to what it looked like yesterday when I drove past, but it would be a nice touch if the west entrance of the main courthouse was complete, cleaned up, and ready for business by then.

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 11:56 AM

It probably will be finished by then.  I have heard that it will be open very soon.



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Posted 25 August 2015 - 10:32 AM

I had a hearing at the new courthouse last Friday.  I have to say it is the nicest courthouse finish out that I have ever had the pleasure of practicing in. 

 

I highly recommend people go and take a look at the interior and all the bells and whistles.  It is nice and blows away anything I have ever seen.



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 10:07 AM

Looking forward to going into this building one of these days when I'm on either side of a district court case.  I think it's a shame they didn't move the county courts at law and probate courts over there, too, even though I like the old courthouse.  In Dallas County the county courts at law, as well as the district courts, were moved into the George L. Allen Sr. Courts Building when it was constructed years ago.



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Posted 02 September 2015 - 07:56 PM

Really liking this building. There's a kinda campus like feel going on now at the top of the bluff, with all the Law buildings and TCC. Vandergriff wraps it up well. And the actual Courthouse look sooooo much better. 







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