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WTx

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#39551 Wichita Falls Then and Now.

Posted by WTx on 14 August 2007 - 09:52 AM

I thought I would post this here to illustrate what a fortunate thing it is that Fort Worth didn't, "modernize" its classic architecture to this extent. One thing I love about Fort Worth is all the classic architecture downtown. I put this together to show how damaging, "modernizing" went in this city over the years. Just to give a little background I grew up in the Wichita Falls area. I currently live in the DFW area but get back often as I still have family in WF. I grew up looking at thses buildings which gave me the interest I have in buildings today. Now for the depressing part of the tour. Simply these are the buildings that were either demolished or, "modernized." I also included some positive things that have happened as not to be too negative. I know John has already seen this but I figured it would make good discussion here too.

The Wichita County Courthouse built in 1916.

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The First National Building built 1910. If you ever visit WF go into the antique shop. The basement still has the vault which you can go into today.
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Today. I have not been able to find out when the facade on this one was, "updated." Indications is that it was done sometime in the 50's.
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Union Depot demolished in 1968. No replacement. Currently the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum.
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Panhandle Building. Demolished sometime after 1960. Currently an auto dealership downtown.
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Staley Building built in 1919/1920.
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Today. The facade was, "modernized" in 1982.
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The City National Building built 1919/1920. This building still has the gray granite base facade. The middle red brick was painted white and a false covering around the smaller 13th floor was done sometime in the 70's. The original building is a very similar twin to the South Texas Building in San Antonio. Both the South Texas Building and this one are Singuet and Statts buildings.
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The Kemp Hotel built 1919/1920 demolished in Nov 1964.
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The Kemp was replaced by the current building constructed in 1966 which sits in the same footprint as the Kemp and is similar height. This is currently the Crescent Plaza Hotel.
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Bob Waggoner/First Wichita Building built 1919/1920 remodeled in 1960.
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Now. Notice the sunken in windows on floors 2-7. Floors 8-12 were added in 1960. The blue aluminum siding was added at that time. Apparently the old building facade is still under there. Past owners have considered a restoration but the cost of restoration is too much to keep the building competitive in the office market. The currently building has had a clock and temp display on top since 1977.

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The Wichita Opera House/Wichita Theater built in 1908.
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I'm not sure when the redo of this one was done. However, I suspect it was done in the 30's. The interior is an art deco wonder. Visit this one if you can see a show here to see the inside.
http://www.wichitatheatre.com

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Westland/Texan Hotel built 1909 destroyed by fire May 1942.
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The lobby
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St. James Hotel demolished 1932. Now a vacant lot.
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Ok, now for the good news of restoration and development.

The Holt Hotel was built in 1910 as the Kemp and Kell Building. The building served as an office building until 1926 when two floors were added and turned into a hotel. In 02/03 the building was restored and now has 41 apartments. Occupancy is at 100%. This one was ALMOST demoed.
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The LaSalle Apts was renovated a few years ago into 15 apartments.
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The old church education building was once derelict now 10-15 apartments.
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The Little Skyscraper one derelict for many many years is now restored. Visit the attached antique shop and go up into the structure for free.
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Views from the penthouse:haha:
Sorry, the windows were dirty.
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The Marchman Hotel built in 1926 recently renovated/restored. Now offices for the State of Texas.
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The restored lobby...
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Radio Building/First Texas Building built 1928 original facade.
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Hamilton Building built in 1928 original facade.
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Austin School built 1913 currently being converted into 30+ apartments.
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The Old USO Building/Maskat Building is slated to be converted into apartments. Sorry, not current photo.
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Here is some info
http://www.1100lamar.com/