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John T Roberts

Member Since 04 Apr 2004
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Lily B. Clayton Elementary School

12 February 2018 - 08:53 PM

Normally, I don't post updates to the site on the forum, but I have added another photograph to the listing for Lily B. Clayton Elementary School.  It is a photo of the original 4 classroom building (1922) with the 1924 addition projecting outward on the left side of the building.  The 1924 addition was also four classrooms, but the grade was already sloping off, so the architect put those classrooms on split levels.  This created a partial basement for the original building.  Both of these pink brick parts were designed by Wiley G. Clarkson.  From 1936 until 1938, a two phase major addition put a new south wing along Park Place and an east wing running northward on the east side of the building.  This gave the building a "U" shape.  These two additions were clad in yellow and orange brick, and the south side of the original building was reclad in that same color brick to provide a unified facade along Park Place.  Preston M. Geren designed that work.  It was also a W.P.A. project and the the campus was also landscaped as a part of it.  In 1989, a free standing gymnasium was built directly to the north of the 1924 addition, and in 2003, a 14 classroom addition connected the east wing to the gymnasium.  The shape of the building is still a "U", but now the legs point east/west. The school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a City of Fort Worth Historic & Cultural Landmark.


Below is the new photo that I have added with the rebricked portion and connection on the right:



This is the front facade of the school consisting of the 1936-38 addition and the connection to the original building.



The new photograph will also be posted on Architecture in Fort Worth's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sites.

Hospitality Industry Trending Toward Infill Historic Remodels

02 February 2018 - 08:55 AM

I caught this article via Bisnow's daily e-blast.  This shows that there may be an interest in Fort Worth's historic office buildings to be converted to hotels.



Former S&H Green Stamp Bldg. to Become Manufacturing Facility

21 January 2018 - 09:53 PM

This is good news for the industrial area bounded by Seminary Drive, Granbury Road, and McCart.  NT Windows is seeking a tax abatement from the City of Fort Worth to relocate to the old S&H Green Stamp Warehouse and Distribution Center at 2900 W. Seminary Drive.  The Business Press article states the building was built in 1958, but it actually was present in the Historicaerials.com photograph from 1956.  By 1963, it had been nearly doubled in size.  In 2009, the addition was demolished for a gas drilling pad.



2018 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of Month at 11:45 AM

18 January 2018 - 08:50 AM

It's time to start up the Forum Meetings for 2018.  The first one for the new year is Friday, January 26th at 11:45 AM.  We will meet at Benito's on Magnolia.  Please reply so we can get a head count.

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

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.