I'm working for Southside Urban Partners (Andrew Blake and Dak Hatfield). We are redeveloping a beautiful brick industrial building on Bryan Avenue (916 Bryan Ave) in the Near Southside just one block east of S. Main Street and just north of Rosedale. If all goes according to plan, after redevelopment the exterior brick will be repaired, the streetscape will have new sidewalks, curbs, and lighting, and the interior will leave the character of the building while adding space ideally suited for creative firms.
The simple curved front roofline, barrel vaulted roof, and beautiful varied brick facades, symmetrical evenly spaced row of small windows facing Bryan Avenue represent an example of the modern style architecture that can be seen elsewhere in the area in the Fort Worth Rec Building on Vickery. The masonry facade, ceramic parapet cap, barrel vaulted roof are a combination of architectural elements no longer used in 21st Century industrial buildings (or even office buildings).
We are having trouble finding out about the history of the building. TAD says it was built in 1955 but we believe the building is older than that. There's not much on the inside that gives many clues but there is a fire door that has patents of 1901 and 1903 on the handle. Any help would be much appreciated!
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