Messer House

5220 Locke Ave. - c.1893

  • Messer House
    Meser House

Historic Designation:
City of FW Highly Significant Endangered Landmark


Arthur Albert Messer was a British architect who practiced in Texas from about 1888 until about the turn of the 20th Century.  He was the designer of the Texas Spring Palace, a famed Fort Worth landmark that burned in 1890.  In 1892, he was joined in Texas by his younger brother, Howard.  Howard Messer was also an architect.  In that same year, the brothers formed a partnership with Marshall R. Sanguinet.  The firm was the architect for the development of Arlington Heights for the Chamberlin Development Company, and designed many of the first, large homes for the addition.  The Messer Brothers owned eight lots on Locke Avenue in the development and Arthur constructed this two and one-half story home around 1893.  The home features several different patterns of brick and a recessed porch.  Most notable, is the diamond pattern of red and brown brick over most of the lower floor. On the rear of the house, a double gable forms the letter "M", signifying the Messer House with the roofline. Over the years, the home has been extensively remodeled, including the exterior.  For many years, the home sat in a deteriorating state on its hilltop. For quite some time, It served as a bed and breakfast, but was purchased in 2021 by League Real Estate and it has now been converted into their offices.


Architectural Style:
Tudor Revival

Arthur Albert Messer, Fort Worth