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.
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.
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.
On Friday, I had a chance to venture down to Cleburne. I took a few photographs. My two favorites are of the Johnson County Courthouse. The first is an elevation view, taken from an alley on axis with the Courthouse.
I also had a chance to go inside and take a shot of the center of the building. Unfortunately, they have placed the Christmas Tree in the exact center and they have the area barricaded. I could not take a direct photo looking up. However, I will say one thing, the center of the building is absolutely fantastic.
Finally, the old Cleburne High School was converted into a courthouse annex. The building was designed by Sanguinet & Staats and it opened in 1918. Does this sound familiar? It was the same architect and year as Trimble Technical High School was built in Fort Worth.
IMO, it's having about the same impact on the skyline as did the old Landmark Tower, even though it is in a slightly different location. The Frost Tower is 12 feet shorter than the roof of the old Landmark Tower/Continental National Bank. I feel the Landmark Tower lost a lot of its apparent height when the clock was removed in 2000. Because of its size, the clock read as a part of the building.
As for the lighting, we will have to wait to see how that appears. If approved, the Frost logo will affect the building's appearance on the skyline at night. It will also be interesting to see if the logo will be allowed on the east and west sides of the top of the building. It is against the Downtown Design Standards and Guidelines to install a corporate logo above the 10th floor (120 feet) on a building.
I think it would be considered part of the Rosemont neighborhood. Maybe John Roberts can weigh in; that's not too far from his 'hood.
JDP, now Parque Unidad, is located in an area served by the Rosemont Neighborhood Association, and is considered part of "The Rosemont Neighborhood". Like Fairmount, Rosemont consists of several additions and/or subdivisions of the city. The addition or subdivision in which the park actually sits is the Blanton's Addition.
Austin, I want to say thank you for posting the link. Unfortunately, I will not have a chance to read the report until I finish my architect's continuing education for the year. I'm trying to do an online course every night until I finish my required hours. This is the price I pay for procrastination.
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.
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.
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.
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.