Architecture in Fort Worth

The Westbrook

425 Houston St. - 2013


Sundance Square Plaza opened on November 1, 2013 where two bookend buildings were constructed on each side of the public plaza that centers on the 400 block of Main Street.  One of these buildings is The Westbrook.  This building, faces Houston Street, but will have exposure to the plaza on its east side.  It is six stories and it features granite, limestone, brick, and aluminum on the facades.  There is an entrance to the building on the plaza side, along with a permanent stage for concert events in the plaza.  The overall design of the building is reminiscent of the Art Deco structures here in the city.  The east facade, facing the plaza, has a clock tower on top of the building.  The size of the Westbrook is about 93,000 square feet with about 12,400 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.  The name of the building comes from The Westbrook Hotel, which sat on the same block.  The hotel was demolished in 1978 to make way for the parking lot that this building replaced.  The Jett Building, where the Chisholm Trail Mural is painted, has been restored as a part of this project.  The design architect was David M. Schwarz Architectural Services and the Associate Architect is Bennett, Benner, Pettit in Fort Worth.  Construction of the building started on May 9, 2012 and opened on November 1, 2013 with the plaza and The Commerce Building.  Retail tenants on the ground floor are Starbucks Coffee, Taco Diner, White House/Black Market, and Sunglass Hut.