Architecture in Fort Worth

Jarvis Building

506-08 Main Street - c.1884; remodel 1968; restoration 2008-09

Formerly the Allen Building

 

This is one of the oldest commercial buildings still standing in downtown, and the only commercial stone building that I know of still in existence. The building is named for J.J. Jarvis, who was a member of one of the founding families of Fort Worth. Jarvis purchased the building in 1908.  Although altered in 1968 by a stucco patch over 1/2 of the facade, this building is an excellent example of Italianate commercial architecture present in Fort Worth in the 1880's. This stucco patch has been painted to resemble the remainder of the facade before the restoration. The building features cut sandstone on the upper floor and cast iron columns on the ground floor. The cast iron was covered up in the 1968 remodel, but they exposed the columns during the restoration.  At some point in time, the red sandstone building was painted white in order to keep the stone walls from leaking.  It was decided during the restoration to paint the building again rather than remove it.  The ground floor currently houses the Jubilee Theater and iFort Worth.  The building is part of Sundance Square.

 

1948 Photograph from the UTA Libraries Digital Gallery

 

Before Restoration
Before Restoration

After Restoration
Jarvis Building After Restoration