Architecture in Fort Worth

Cobden Building

2027 N. Main St. - 1909; 1988


This two story commercial building was constructed in 1909 by William Bryce for Alexander and Jessie Cobden. The property was owned by Jessie and her family until 1976. From 1912 until 1925, J.W. Alton Grocer occupied the ground floor. On the second floor, the Southwestern Telephone & Telegraph Prospect Exchange was located here from 1914 until 1931. From 1935 until about 1950, the second floor was the I.O.O.F. for North Fort Worth Lodge No. 103. When the building was constructed, the building featured fine ornamental brickwork with dentals, corbelling and an ornamental parapet. Over the course of time, the brick was eventually painted. A major fire broke out in 1988 and it destroyed the second floor. The building was extensively rebuilt without much of the original detail. The entire building has been painted white.