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Horse & Mule Barns

122-24 E. Exchange Ave. - 1911

  • Entrance to Mule Alley Before Adaptive Re-use
    Entrance to Mule Alley Before Adaptive Re-use
  • Mule Alley Interior Before Adaptive Re-use
    Mule Alley Interior Before Adaptive Re-use
  • Horse & Mule Barns from Marine Creek Before Adaptive Re-use
    Horse & Mule Barns from Marine Creek Before Adaptive Re-use
  • Entrance to Mule Alley After Adaptive Re-use
    Entrance to Mule Alley After Adaptive Re-use
  • Entrance Signs to Mule Alley After Adaptive Re-use
    Entrance Signs to Mule Alley After Adaptive Re-use
  • Exchange Avenue Facade After Adaptive Re-use
    Exchange Avenue Facade After Adaptive Re-use
  • Mule Alley Interior After Adaptive Re-use
    Mule Alley Interior After Adaptive Re-use
  • Paint Horse Sculpture in Mule Alley
    Paint Horse Sculpture in Mule Alley

Historic Designations:

National Register Ft. Worth Stockyards Historic District
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
City of Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District
City of FW Highly Significant Endangered Landmark

 

These buildings were constructed by the Fort Worth Stock Yards Co. to serve the growing stock yard industry in Fort Worth shortly after the turn of the Twentieth Century.  Three sides of the barn buildings are constructed with red brick with the side facing Exchange Avenue sheathed in tan stucco with a very heavy texture.  This finish complements the Livestock Exchange and Cowtown Coliseum Buildings across the street.  Between the two buildings, the facades have Mission Style parapets that offer some ornamentation on a relatively bland side facade.  The space between the two buildings is called Mule Alley and is framed by identical two story towers with red tile pyramid roofs.  Spanning between the towers is a pitched roof bridge, also clad with red tile.  Along the Exchange Street facade is a red tile and scalloped cornice.  The buildings are constructed with concrete and had a capacity of 3000 animals.  The barns were used as exhibition barns when the Stock Show was at the Coliseum.  They havel used recently as stables for rodeo events at the facility and have been functioning as warehouse and retail space. This building is key to the redevelopment of the Stock Yards by Stockyards Heritage Development Co., which is a partnership between California-based Majestic Realty Co. and Fort Worth-based The Hickman Cos. The barns are now being adaptively re-used as office and retail space.

 

Architectural Style:
Mission Revival

Original Architect:
Klipstein & Rathmann, St. Louis

Original Contractor:
James Stewart & Co., Fort Worth

Adaptive Re-use Architect:
Bennett Benner Partners, Fort Worth

Category:
Livestock Barns/Exhibit Space/Office/Retail