Architecture in Fort Worth



Texas and Pacific Railway Terminal

221 W. Lancaster Ave. - 1931; lobby restoration - 1999 (NR, RTHL, FWHSE); loft conversion - 2006


Wyatt C. Hedrick, with Herman P. Koeppe as designer planned this monumental railroad complex on the south end of Downtown. The general contractor was P.O'B. Montgomery of Dallas.  The complex consisted of three functions, a railroad passenger terminal, an office building, and a separate warehouse facility. The entire complex was designed in the Zigzag Moderne Style of Art Deco. The building is in my opinion, the best example of Art Deco Architecture present in Fort Worth. The exterior features an eagle in a zigzag motif over the main entry. Even though the exterior is very elaborate, the interior passenger lobby and office building lobbies are even more spectacular.  The lobby with its magnificent ceiling has been artfully restored by the architectural/engineering firm of Gideon Toal and the contractor was Beckman Construction Company. Commuter rail service started on December 3, 2001, serving as the western terminus of the Trinity Railway Express.

At one time, plans were announced to convert the building into a 330 room, rail-themed hotel.  However, this project was scrapped.  A newer plan converted the building into lofts for sale and construction of a new low-rise apartment building to the east of the tower.  The lofts opened in July of 2006. 

Permission to take interior photographs granted by The T.


Additional Photographs of Building:
Existing portion of canopy not removed for new construction

Apartment building addition under construction
West Side of Building

Historic Photographs of building and development from the Jack White Collection:
W.D. Smith view of building  - 1931
Bill Wood 1931 Aerial