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austlar1

Member Since 25 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 04 2017 01:46 PM
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In Topic: XTO Energy moving 1,600 employees to The Woodlands, selling six of seven buil...

26 June 2017 - 01:09 PM

Seems to me the biggest associated with the loss of XTO HQ is the fact that 1,600 locals earning presumably decent incomes and working in downtown Fort Worth will soon be gone. There will probably be additional job losses downtown owing to a reduced need for allied business services. This is could have a negative impact on the downtown real estate market for condos and town homes. Hotel business (surely XTO attracted considerable business travel to Fort Worth) is likely to take a hit. The XTO office buildings might prove to be a difficult sell to new business tenants. I know they have been modernized, but I suspect that they are still rather eccentric by modern office building standards. Hotel and condo conversion might be just the ticket for some of the buildings, but first there has to be a demand for the product. Downtown Fort Worth needs to find a way to become a more desirable place for corporate tenants both large and small. The Dallas side of the metroplex has become so sprawled out and developed with major corporate relocations. It seems to me that it is time for downtown Fort Worth to make a sustained effort to tap into that momentum. I sincerely hope that the Fort Worth plutocracy will endorse those efforts and use their considerable influence to help attract new business relocations (corporate HQ or regional HQ) to downtown Fort Worth. Tourism is all well and good, but it does not provide for lots of high paying jobs that can help sustain the development of new housing and office development in downtown.


In Topic: "Brutalism" in Fort Worth?

19 February 2017 - 04:59 PM

Here is a link to lots of pics of real brutalist architecture-  https://www.google.c...4k1.izuFfkYr1mg


In Topic: The Worth Hotel

02 September 2016 - 05:30 PM

The Worth Hotel was an interesting place. It was built in the style of many apartment hotels that went up, mostly in larger cities, in the late 1920s. There were lots of suites with kitchenettes as well as regular hotel rooms. Regular rooms could be combined with suites to make a somewhat larger apartment. The place grew shabby by the late 1950s. I had distant family members, a childless couple in their 50s, who lived there for a few years around that time. They liked the convenience of the place, but they eventually gave up on the Worth and moved into an apartment in another part of town.  I don't think there were very many transient guests or full time resident guests patronizing The Worth by the time it was torn down. Actually, it may have gone out of business as a hotel by that time. The real loss to street level activity stems from the loss of the Worth Theater. It was a real beauty and a place everybody liked to go back in its heyday. Probably the proliferation of multiplex theaters around town meant the end of the WorthTheater too. It was pretty hard to fill the Worth with 2,000 plus paying customers by the time it was shuttered.


In Topic: Who lives in that house?

09 July 2016 - 05:05 PM

I'm late to this thread, but I can add some information about the home and photography studio that used to be on this site. It was known as the Rhea Engert Photo Studio. The Engert family lived on the premises in what was basically a typical mid century modern home. I went to school with a boy named Kurt Engert. His dad was the photographer in question. Rhea Engert did lots of formal portaits, wedding pictures, etc. His photos were beautifully lit, quite polished, and sometimes dramatic looking. The house/studio used to have a driveway or easement that went up the hillside to Winton Terrace West.  When I was a kid, the Connor family and the Alexander family (Alcon Labs) had homes on each side of this driveway facing on Winton Terrace West. I think the easement was there because the entire parcel was once home to the original Fort Worth Children's Hospital which operated at that location from the 1920s until the early 1950s. The easement made for a handy short cut down to University Drive for residents (well, teenagers mostly who were just starting to drive) of Park Hill.