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John T Roberts

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#108620 QuikTrip and Fort Worth

Posted by John T Roberts on 29 January 2018 - 11:25 AM

Personally, I would rather not see this built.  I have not been a fan of QuikTrip since they destroyed the residential area on the southwest corner of McCart and I-20.  Since that location has opened, I have avoided being one of their customers.  I'm not saying that I have absolutely boycotted them, but I have tried not to patronize any of their locations since.

#108594 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by John T Roberts on 28 January 2018 - 10:32 PM

I now have the latest construction photos of the building that I took on January 27, 2018.  I'm guessing these will be the last until the signage is installed, or the building is completed.  I'm scheduled to tour it on February 8th.


28179480989_95bb969b58_h.jpgfrostconst-36 by jtrobert, on Flickr


25088125687_3ebd277c71_h.jpgfrostconst-37 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#108502 Museum Place

Posted by John T Roberts on 24 January 2018 - 10:27 PM

I also don't think "shadow" was a proper term.  I think the big issue with the Kimbell Art Museum is that when you were in the entry, inside near the courtyard, and in the restaurant, you would probably be able to see the hotel.  Kahn designed the museum with seeing blue sky through the courtyard.

#108439 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by John T Roberts on 23 January 2018 - 01:02 PM

If they did that, the city should demand that they clarify their location as Fort Worth.

#108420 Walsh development

Posted by John T Roberts on 22 January 2018 - 07:36 PM

I am actually amazed with the way the fire departments were able to relatively contain the fire fairly quickly.  The flags at Buffalo West were flying straight out.  The wind was basically out of the WNW.  It made sense to me to evacuate Walsh Ranch because the area is surrounded by prairie.

#108409 The Photo Challenge

Posted by John T Roberts on 21 January 2018 - 10:07 PM

Horse Sculpture


39119517844_f6d774b54f_h.jpgwillrogersstatue by jtrobert, on Flickr

#108234 Historic A Brandt Co Ranch Oak Furniture in Fort Worth. Early Factory and HQ?

Posted by John T Roberts on 08 January 2018 - 03:19 PM

The Sanborn Maps are also one of my other go-to sources.  It appears that A. Brandt may have been in the Cutting Edge Haunted House building until they built the new facility on E. Berry Street.

#108229 Historic A Brandt Co Ranch Oak Furniture in Fort Worth. Early Factory and HQ?

Posted by John T Roberts on 08 January 2018 - 01:35 PM

Joel, I was born in 1957 and here is what I remember.  I realize that I am probably not old enough to provide you with the information that you need, but I will give it a shot.  All that I can recall is that A. Brandt was on E. Berry between I-35W and S. Riverside Drive.  That address is 1300 E. Berry.  I thought the building was built in the '50s or '60s, but I searched for Brandt on the UTA Digital Galleries website, and it appears that Brandt's had aerial photographs taken in 1948, and it shows a much smaller Berry Street facility than what is there now.


Ranch Style Beans was located on a tract bounded by E. Lancaster, US 287, and Virginia Ave., with an address of 1734 E. El Paso.  Those buildings are still there and Bruce Conti purchased that property a few years ago.  This piece of property is southeast of the Cutting Edge Haunted House.  Waples Platter, their parent firm at the time had a lot of buildings in the area, so that building may have been part of their holdings.  My firm is doing work and leases our office space from Conti Warehouses, and we have done some work at the old Ranch Style Beans factory.  They had mentioned that some of the buildings were about 100 years old.  I also searched on UTA's site and I found that Ranch Style Beans had a water tower on that site in 1933 with their name on it.  I hope this helps.


It's good to have you back posting again.

#108222 Future downtown skyline photo?

Posted by John T Roberts on 06 January 2018 - 09:00 PM

I have replaced the image in the banner of the Forum with a new skyline shot taken today at the Amon Carter Museum.  There is one issue with it.  The two tower cranes for Elan at Crockett Row show up in the photo, but I decided to use it for a while.  I can always replace it, once the cranes are down.


By the way, here is the full size image:

25677713678_2739cf8f02_h.jpgskyline-01-06-2018 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#108212 Central Library

Posted by John T Roberts on 05 January 2018 - 07:30 PM

Back in the mid to late '70s, the rage in energy efficient design was underground buildings.  During that time period, two FWISD elementary schools and the Central Library were constructed underground.  Within the last couple of years, the two schools were rebuilt above ground and the underground buildings were demolished, dug up, and filled in.  The library was a little more unique in that it was built underground to be energy efficient and space efficient.  It was designed to have more floors built above grade as the library grew and expanded.  As I had said in an earlier post, the main reason that the building was expanded above grade was to stop the leaks, not to provide for library expansion. For a few years the ground and second floor were basically just "shells" and were not finished out because the City didn't have enough money for the finish-out and the facade and roof were just the method to stop the leaks at the time.  Also, the primary reason Washington Heights and Van Zandt-Guinn Elementaries were placed in the bond was to solve the leaks, not remedy growth of the school. However, I also think over the course of the bond election process, project team selection, and design, the programs for the two schools were changed.  I do know that Van Zandt-Guinn was enlarged to handle the students from the closed I.M. Terrell Elementary School due to the fact that it was selected to be the STEAM academy and converted back to a high school.

#108155 1972 WFAA report on rumors of the Tandy Center

Posted by John T Roberts on 04 January 2018 - 12:09 PM

The reporter is standing on the roof of the Criminal Courts Building, which is the white county structure that sits at the end of Throckmorton Street.  The Tandy Center was actually built more or less to the master plan, at least when it comes to building locations.  More on that later. 


I do remember Leonard's and I also remember when the subway opened.  One of you wished that Leonard's had remained.  That was where the hotel was slated to be built in the Master Plan.  It actually was built in that location, but the Tandy Corp. partnered with the Bass Family and what was a 2 block hotel project, became a 3 block hotel project.  The Americana Hotel, now the Renaissance Worthington was built on the main store locations of Leonard's and Stripling's.  If you ask me from a teenage and early 20's future architect's point of view, Stripling's was a much better example of Art Deco and Early 20th Century Architecture than Leonard's.  Even back then, I would have preferred to demolish Leonard's and keep Stripling's.  The mall section and the two Tandy Towers were built where smaller Leonard buildings were located and where their latest construction was completed in 1963.  That was the Home Store across Throckmorton Street. 


If you look at the video, you can see the AT&T Building and the Fort Worth National Bank (The Tower) were under construction. 


Finally, on to the Master Plan.  The 50 story building had been planned for the westernmost property, and actually the Technology Center was built on that site.  Therefore, all of the master planned buildings were actually constructed in the locations scheduled in the plan.  Finally, those renderings of the Tandy Center are actually located on this site in the Jack White Collection.  Here are two views:





#108125 2315 N. Main

Posted by John T Roberts on 01 January 2018 - 09:24 PM

I want to know why all of the new construction is trying to copy the Coliseum (Northside) and the Alamo? 

#108106 John Portman, Architect of the FW National Bank Passes Away at 93

Posted by John T Roberts on 30 December 2017 - 09:36 PM

John Portman, the Atlanta based architect who designed the Fort Worth National Bank Building (now The Tower) passed away today at 93.  He was the "Father of the Modern Atrium" and he designed many hotels and buildings.  The Hyatt Regency in Atlanta was his first modern atrium.  When he designed the Fort Worth National Bank, he turned the atrium inside out by dropping the building's core through the center of the atrium and the it completely surrounded the core with the office building above.  Later on, at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, and the Renaissance Center in Detroit, he dropped the cores of five buildings through a huge atrium lobby.


Below is a downtown aerial of the building and the construction of the Tandy Center taken in 1978.  The photo is from the Tarrant County Archives.


#108071 Forum Posts and Personal Attacks Plus Staying On-Topic

Posted by John T Roberts on 27 December 2017 - 11:47 AM

Thank you for bumping this up, Andy.  I have read all of the recent posts lately that seem to have leaned toward being personal.  I thought about asking those posters to refrain, but I decided that I would let these go for the time being.  Even though I may have slacked off on some of the policing here, I want the remind the forum members that I do read every post.  I also will not hesitate to ask some members to quiet down, not post, or to think about what they write.  I also will not hesitate to shut down threads, if they get out of hand.  I want to keep the discussion open, but there may come a time when I change the rules and guidelines. 

#107950 Project Sundance

Posted by John T Roberts on 17 December 2017 - 09:39 PM

Yes, I have, and I think a lot of others have noticed.  I think we should all be in the Christmas Spirit and we should celebrate the season and not worry about a tree that leans a little bit.  Nothing is perfect.