The Town of North Fort Worth was laid out in 1888-89 and was planned to support the Stock Yards. It was a master planned suburb utilizing the hills and the views of the city. The meatpacking plants came to Niles City in 1902, even though that community was unincorporated. That's about the time that development really took off in the suburb. The town of North Fort Worth incorporated in 1902, but was dissolved and annexed into Fort Worth in 1909. The people at the Stock Yards realized that Fort Worth was soon going to annex that area, and they incorporated in 1911. Eleven years later, Niles City became a part of Fort Worth, as did the area around Meacham Field.
Because of all the remodeling, I don't think I would have recognized the Clinton House as a historic home. The changes have been rather radical. It seems like the structures in Fairmount have much more of their historic character still intact before they were remodeled or restored.
I don't think observation decks are really profitable here. Of course, I have nothing to support that statement. Reunion Tower has been closed for a number of years, and that was the premier observation deck in Dallas. However, it is going to reopen soon. I don't think the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio has been that successful, either. Several operators have come and gone since Hemisfair '68.
I do think Reata was profitable when it was on top of the Bank One Tower. For the record, I never went up to just look. If I was going to enjoy the view, I made sure I paid for a full meal. A couple of times, I did attend some functions there when meals weren't served, but I still had something to drink. When it was at the Bank One Tower, I used to take guests to show them the view and treat them to a reasonably good meal for an observation deck. I always thought, from experience, that the restaurants at observation towers were not very good and were overpriced. I do realize that I was paying for the "view", but I also feel that if I'm buying an expensive meal, the food should at least be above average. Since Reata moved down on street level, I have not taken guests their restaurant, unless they want to eat there. More often than not, they choose other downtown restaurants.
I have physically been on the top floors of all of the tallest buildings in the city, except for the Omni. I have been on the roofs of all of them for work. Unfortunately, the renovations that we did were in the mechanical or communications areas behind the roof screens or in the penthouses. I did take pictures, but I'm not in possession of them and it was back in the early days of digital photography or they were taken with a film camera.
I would love to meet up with you guys. I usually ride bicycles on Saturday mornings and that can stretch into the afternoon. One of our rides, the Bicycles Inc. Century of the Month awards prizes for perfect attendance. I have perfect attendance for several years in a row. That ride is scheduled for July 6th. Mayor Betsy Price is attending. Also, I'm planning to ride with her this Saturday, so I might be available in the afternoon. The 13th is the Peach Pedal and I was thinking about going. I could cancel a ride to show up to shoot pictures, but I won't miss the Century of the Month. Late Saturday afternoons could work for me on any week. Sunday afternoons are also good. If I don't have a meeting to attend, weekday evenings also work.
I'm sure they are drilling piers to support the new canopy. It also makes sense that the contractor would remove all of the pavers, either for replacement with a new material, or to be placed back under the canopy.
Preston M. Geren, Jr., a legendary Fort Worth Architect, passed away on June 12th. His firm designed some of the more well known Mid-Century Modern buildings in Fort Worth. His firm also served as Associate Architects on Fort Worth buildings, designed by world-renowned architects, most notably the Kimbell Art Museum. He was 89. Some of the downtown buildings his firm designed were, the former Continental National Bank, now demolished, the Oncor Building, and the Oil & Gas Building, just to name a few.
I noticed the change by looking at a part of the city where things have been changing recently, and I thought the photo was incredibly current. I already knew that Google Earth tells you when the photos were taken, so I opened that up on my computer and I saw the date. Google Earth also has all of the earlier aerials back to 1995, so you can really see the changes.