Knights of Pythias Castle Hall

315 Main St. - 1901; Restored 1981

  • Knights of Pythias Castle Hall
    Knights of Pythias Castle Hall

Historic Designations:

National Register of Historic Places
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
City of Fort Worth Demolition Delay


This replica of a medieval civic building is one of the architectural jewels of Sundance Square. It was designed by Sanguinet & Staats and built by William Bryce. Bryce served as Mayor of Fort Worth.  The first Knights of Pythias Castle Hall ever built was constructed on this site in 1881, and it burned in 1901. Later that year, the building was rebuilt from the ruins and the design was altered somewhat by the addition of the gabled roof and the turret on the corner. The building was also the site of the first offset printing press and the first washeteria. In 1981, when the building was restored, a replica of the original knight (cast in 1882) was placed on the building. Thomas E. Woodward & Associates were the architects  and Thos. S. Byrne was the contractor for the restoration. This was part of the first two blocks of buildings restored and incorporated into Sundance Square. The principal tenant is Haltom's Jewelers.


Historic Photographs from UTA Library Digital Galleries

1925 Photograph of Building
1981 Photograph Taken at 3rd & Main


Architectural Style:

Original Architect:
Sanguinet & Staats, Fort Worth

Restoration Architect:
Thomas E. Woodward & Associates, Dallas

Original Contractor:
William Bryce, Fort Worth

Restoration Contractor:
Thos S. Byrne, Fort Worth

Office/Retail Building