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W.T. Waggoner Building

810 Houston St. - 1919-20; Restored 1985

  • W.T. Waggoner Building
    W.T. Waggoner Building

Historic Designations:
National Register of Historic Places
City of Fort Worth Demolition Delay

 

When it was constructed, this building was one of the tallest in the State of Texas and the Southwest. It opened on March 8, 1920. The 20 story structure looks as if it was modeled after the famed Equitable Building in New York City (1912-15). The Classical Building features a 2 story marble base, white brick middle, and a 2 story white brick and terra cotta top. This building is U-shaped on the upper floors and was one of the few in Fort Worth to orient the light well toward the front of the building and make it a design feature. An arch spans the light well between the 18th and 19th floors. The extremely ornate entrance lobby, vaulted elevator hall and vaulted banking hall with a mezzanine have been restored. This is one of the few early skyscrapers with its original banking lobby intact. Ron Hayden and Bob McFessel researched the history and submitted the application for the National Register of Historic Places listing. When it was constructed the building also had Otis Elevators and an artesian well for drinking water and the well water is still used today. When the building opened, the National Bank of Commerce occupied the lobby. In 1921, The National Bank of Commerce merged with Continental Bank & Trust to form the Continental National Bank, and from 1921 until 1957, the bank occupied the lobby. The restoration of the building was done in 1985 for XTO Energy. In 2018, the company sold the building and it is currently being converted into a 240 room Sandman Signature Hotel.

 

Interior Photographs

 

Historic Photographs from the Jack White Collection, University of Texas at Arlington:
Northwest Corner of 8th & Houston - 1913

 

Architectural Style:
Neo-Classical

Architect:
Sanguinet & Staats, Fort Worth

Restoration Architect:
Cauble-Hoskins, Fort Worth

Contractor:
C.S. Lambie & Co., Denver

Restoration Contractor:
Haws & Tingle, Fort Worth

Category:
Office Building