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John T Roberts

Member Since 04 Apr 2004
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#107777 Western Center Tower III

Posted by John T Roberts on Today, 10:41 AM

Eddie Chiles' Western Company built those two towers in 1978 and 1981.  The Western Company was sold and moved to Houston, where they still operate.

#107737 "A wilder vision"

Posted by John T Roberts on 10 December 2017 - 01:16 PM

Austin, thanks for posting.  It's really fun to see a major contribution of my firm to the urban landscape.  I'm proud to say that I have had a part in this project.  There's more to come.  This is just Phase 1 of four.

#107665 Project Sundance

Posted by John T Roberts on 06 December 2017 - 03:39 PM

Austin, we posted this at the same time, yet we provided two different links.

#107646 General Worth Square

Posted by John T Roberts on 05 December 2017 - 11:18 AM

The Police and Fire Departments want streets in downtown to either be permanently closed or permanently open (with special exceptions, not just events).  Otherwise, it creates public safety issues.  When the debate was going on regarding the plaza, the PD and FD preferred to have the street permanently closed between 3rd and 4th Streets.  Now, it is only open during parades, which are even more limited exceptions.

#107642 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by John T Roberts on 04 December 2017 - 10:56 PM

Yes, but if you look at the renderings, the lighting was originally planned for all edges of the projected planes.  On my last tour of the building, Gannon mentioned that they were looking at value engineering all or part of the decorative lighting. 


I guess Renamerusk will be expressing his opinion of the installation of the Frost "snowflake" logo in the square.  I am thinking that the signage will have to go before the DDRB before it is installed. 

#107636 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by John T Roberts on 04 December 2017 - 09:11 PM

Here are two photos taken on December 3, 2017.  As you can see the curtain wall installation is nearly complete.  I'm including two views this time.  The first is from the east and the second is from the northwest.


37956172365_305bef5535_h.jpgfrostconst-12-03-2017 by jtrobert, on Flickr


37956170845_552d7c22be_h.jpgfrostconst-nw-12-03-2017 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#107635 General Worth Square

Posted by John T Roberts on 04 December 2017 - 07:20 PM

No, I don't think 9th should be closed.  I think the removal of the parking spaces and widening of the sidewalks are enough.  This would create too large of a super block.

#107606 Mixed-use project at Magnolia & May

Posted by John T Roberts on 01 December 2017 - 08:17 PM

Welcome to the Forum!  I'm sure all of us will appreciate your input and comments.

#107576 Hotels?

Posted by John T Roberts on 29 November 2017 - 08:43 AM

There is a specific thread on the T&P Warehouse.  It can be found here: http://www.fortworth...?showtopic=4259


The city is forcing the owner to bring the building up to minimum building standards for a vacant structure.  They have taken their time in doing this and the city has extended their deadline to complete this work.  My guess is that once the work is complete, and the city is satisfied, the workers will disappear.

#107524 Hotels?

Posted by John T Roberts on 27 November 2017 - 10:24 PM

Where would you propose to move the Water Department and the other offices that are in the building?  There is also a movement to restore the sign, which is landmarked along with the building.

#107498 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by John T Roberts on 27 November 2017 - 10:18 AM

I have already posted this photograph on Architecture in Fort Worth's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages, but I thought I would post it here on the forum.  I took this picture on Friday when the lighting conditions and the sky were just perfect.  It is a shot of two buildings that have been maligned here on the forum.  The subject matter is the Fort Worth City Hall (1971) by Edward Durell Stone and the AT&T Building (1926-1971) by Komatsu Associates.



#107488 Trinity River Vision

Posted by John T Roberts on 26 November 2017 - 05:48 PM

I was driving southbound on N. Main Street today and I actually drove down the temporary roadway along N. Commerce Street and I noticed that all of the street signs in the area had been replaced with "Panther Island" street signs.  I did not take a picture because I was actually having to watch for traffic.  The temporary roadway is only two lane and there were cars in front and behind me.  The new street signs are purple with a panther on the left side and the street name following.

#107468 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by John T Roberts on 24 November 2017 - 05:24 PM

I was downtown today with perfect weather and skies for photography.  I took this week's construction photograph of the Frost Tower.  The "square" at the top of the building is now clearly evident.  Work at the lowest level is progressing and I also noticed that the flat work on the sidewalk and street has started around the building.  Most of the metal screen has now been installed on the parking garage.  The west side is still the most lacking.  This photo was taken on November 24, 2017.


38568856626_d4f2534c0e_h.jpgfrostconst-31 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#107418 Tarleton State University plans 80-acre campus in Far SW FW

Posted by John T Roberts on 21 November 2017 - 11:13 AM

I was going to cite my examples a few days ago, I just had not done it.  However, your NCHS is probably the best one.  The city has definitely grown up around that campus. 

#107406 Trinity Trails rehab

Posted by John T Roberts on 20 November 2017 - 02:10 PM

Doohickie, I saw the Bomber Spur on the map.  That puts the trail on my office's property line.  It's too bad they removed the bridge over Camp Bowie.  If it was still in place, this conversion would be much easier.  My office is in the old Levitz Warehouse at 6913 Camp Bowie Blvd.  This puts the Bomber Spur forming our western property line.