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#101 John T Roberts

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Posted 26 June 2022 - 10:36 PM

The first rendering was going to be built where the Fort Worth National Bank finally built their next building in 1952.  The FWNB later became the Oncor Building and is now 115 W. 7th.  The second was the first generation rendering of the Continental National Bank/Landmark Tower.  Even though I don't like the Fort Worth Club Tower as it was finally built, this early version had less openings than the current building.



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Posted 19 August 2022 - 01:30 PM

C Troy Mathis from DallasMetropolis shared an old look at Centreport

 

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Posted 19 August 2022 - 01:43 PM

It looks like Las Colinas



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Posted 19 August 2022 - 04:14 PM

It looks like Las Colinas

Yes it does.  Looks like it was drawn in an era when that was considered desirable.

Centreport could fairly easily be redeveloped in future decades, replacing large distribution buildings and garden apartment complexes with denser, taller buildings of various uses.  It already has somewhat of a grid road system in place and transit to the southern end of the district.



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Posted 19 August 2022 - 08:49 PM

It would have been really nice to have had such an office cluster in city limits. 



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Posted 20 August 2022 - 08:47 AM

C Troy Mathis from DallasMetropolis shared an old look at Centreport

 

 

I had no idea that his forum was still around, although it looks like it had a reboot at some point.  And it's still pretty active.  He had a treasure trove of old renderings on his website years ago.



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Posted 03 February 2023 - 10:32 PM

This document on the library's site has a ton of renderings from Hedrick and Stanley in the 1950s.

 

http://www.fortworth...l3/id/466/rec/2



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Posted 03 February 2023 - 11:41 PM

This document on the library's site has a ton of renderings from Hedrick and Stanley in the 1950s.
 
http://www.fortworth...l3/id/466/rec/2


Nice find! Cant wait to check this out on my computer.

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Posted 04 February 2023 - 05:24 PM

Many of those buildings were built.  I enjoyed looking at the document.



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Posted 08 February 2023 - 04:34 PM

This document on the library's site has a ton of renderings from Hedrick and Stanley in the 1950s.

 

http://www.fortworth...l3/id/466/rec/2

 

Oh, they did the Annex pool?  I guess that's technically getting "unbuilt" and rebuilt:

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Posted 08 February 2023 - 04:47 PM

Nitixope, the "Hilton Hotel Pool" that you have posted is the pool on the roof of the Blackstone Hotel Annex.  Back in the 1950s, it was a Hilton.  If you look carefully, the two buildings in the canter are 115 W. 7th (Oncor) and The Kimpton Harper Hotel.  They would appear from the other Hilton Hotel Pool, but they are viewed from a different angle.  The giveaway is that Continental National Bank (Landmark Tower) was under construction on the right side of the photo.  This pool is still here, but like the other building, it has been unbuilt and rebuilt.

 

For the record, Hedrick & Stanley designed the remodeling of the Blackstone Hotel in the 1950s and they also were the architects for the blank walled annex to the south.  Apparently, this remodeling of the Blackstone that they did was the project that infilled the mezzanine opening across the lobby and gutted the interior of the hotel of almost all of its original finishes.



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Posted 25 February 2023 - 01:44 PM

Here is a 1966 plan for DFW airport with a much more linear terminal layout

 

https://learninglab....04384#more-info

Interesting seeing how Braniff was planned to take as much space as American in that Layout. 



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Posted 28 November 2023 - 11:08 AM

The never-built Great Texas Trails Monument 

 

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Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau worked with Hunden Strategic Partners to assess the proposed Great Texas Trails Monument. HSP was hired to determine the overall viability and needed support for the Project, as well as to make recommendations on alterations for the Project design/concept. HSP conducted an analysis of the Project, other attractions in the Metroplex, the market in and around the proposed site and comparable attractions across the United States. The Project was proposed to be in the Swift Armour District where the meat packing operations that fueled the original development of the Stockyards once stood east of Stockyards Boulevard. However, HSP completed scenarios assuming the Project was located in two other areas: east of Main Street in the Stockyards area (outside the nexus of the tourism attraction) and in the downtown Fort Worth area. The educational and entertainment focus of the Great Texas Trail Monument coincided well with the current offerings and culture of Fort Worth. The Project had the potential to assist in improving the destination appeal of the Stockyards. The building was proposed to be more than 52,000 square feet on a site of nearly 73,000 square feet. The physical program of the Project was to be a v-shaped building with two wings. One wing is set to be 230 feet long, while the other is 210 feet in length.  At the conclusion of the economic, fiscal and employment impact study, however, the CVB chose to not move forward with the project.  

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Posted 18 February 2024 - 07:40 PM

Alternative universe Sheraton via Kirk Architecture: http://www.kirkarchi...Fort_Worth.html

 

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Posted 22 February 2024 - 01:48 PM

Another model of the City Center towers with a third building, a tower rising along 3rd st between Calhoun and Jones) and an annex along 2nd where the curve used to be. 

 

Library of Congress has more view: https://www.loc.gov/...r:rudolph, paul

 

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Posted 22 May 2024 - 03:01 PM

A couple from Rich Poling Creative Arts (RPCA). The website does not appear to have been updated much, if at all, since 2016 and all the URL's from these images indicate they are from that year. 

 

A Sheraton-branded hotel where the Omni now stands
 

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This one is interesting, showing Linwood and the area to the north redeveloped with sporadic buildings and rivers running all throughout it. 

 

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The old baseball stadium.

 

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Posted 24 May 2024 - 02:12 PM

Anyone know who commissioned and what firm produced the rendering (post 116) that shows Linwood and the industrial neighborhood north of White Settlement Rd  to 4-story buildings surrounded by green space and water?

 

Noticed a few things about it:

- Linwood and surrounding area does have flooding challenge so maybe those canals are designed as remedies to flooding, turned into a green amenity.

- The taller buildings (7 and 15-20 floors) appear to be clustered along the FW&W rail line.  I could see how that might have been in anticipation of FW&W becoming a commuter rail line with higher density residential around it. 

- Montgomery Plaza is included in the background - redeveloped pretty much as it wound up happening (without the big box retail center behind it)

- Virtually zero surface parking.  Only building with some is the single story building where the FWISD HQ office was.  I wonder if the proposal involved actually expecting apartment & office buildings to build in parking either below grade or within the structure or if the designer would have admitted this was not realistic but designed to hopefully inspire the extra cost of below grade or integrated garages in order to provide surrounding green space. 

- There is a mid rise office building roughly where Pier 1/ City of FW tower is now.  This would have been drawn years before the tornado nailed that church, making the site available for Pier 1 to building the office building. 

 

I feel this has some promising (yet ridiculous) conspiracy theory TV show potential. 

 

Here's the pitch (now imagine a super deep scratchy voice actor reading the following):

 

Did a cabal of elite urban planners in Fort Worth, Texas conspire to have a downtown church destroyed by a tornado so the City could, one day in the future, put its City Hall there?  Coincidence?  Hmmm.. 

This plan, posted to a shadowy website frequented by elite, borderline insufferable, local architectural nerds with cloaked identities, seems to indicate plans were in place as early as (1970s? 1980?) by urban planning elites to create a future in Fort Worth where citizens would be forced to live in high rise apartments.....forced to sacrifice their cars so the planners could put in their precious trees..... 



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Posted 24 May 2024 - 04:13 PM

Anyone know who commissioned and what firm produced the rendering (post 116) that shows Linwood and the industrial neighborhood north of White Settlement Rd  to 4-story buildings surrounded by green space and water?

 

Noticed a few things about it:

- Linwood and surrounding area does have flooding challenge so maybe those canals are designed as remedies to flooding, turned into a green amenity.

- The taller buildings (7 and 15-20 floors) appear to be clustered along the FW&W rail line.  I could see how that might have been in anticipation of FW&W becoming a commuter rail line with higher density residential around it. 

- Montgomery Plaza is included in the background - redeveloped pretty much as it wound up happening (without the big box retail center behind it)

- Virtually zero surface parking.  Only building with some is the single story building where the FWISD HQ office was.  I wonder if the proposal involved actually expecting apartment & office buildings to build in parking either below grade or within the structure or if the designer would have admitted this was not realistic but designed to hopefully inspire the extra cost of below grade or integrated garages in order to provide surrounding green space. 

- There is a mid rise office building roughly where Pier 1/ City of FW tower is now.  This would have been drawn years before the tornado nailed that church, making the site available for Pier 1 to building the office building. 

 

I feel this has some promising (yet ridiculous) conspiracy theory TV show potential. 

 

Here's the pitch (now imagine a super deep scratchy voice actor reading the following):

 

Did a cabal of elite urban planners in Fort Worth, Texas conspire to have a downtown church destroyed by a tornado so the City could, one day in the future, put its City Hall there?  Coincidence?  Hmmm.. 

This plan, posted to a shadowy website frequented by elite, borderline insufferable, local architectural nerds with cloaked identities, seems to indicate plans were in place as early as (1970s? 1980?) by urban planning elites to create a future in Fort Worth where citizens would be forced to live in high rise apartments.....forced to sacrifice their cars so the planners could put in their precious trees..... 

 

This is great.  You know what's funny is I was trying to also locate Pier One but was not entirely convinced this rendering could be 20+ years old either.  We were still working on that building in 2004 so that would bring this to pre-design stages.  My eyes aren't that good but is Calvary Cathedral even in the rendering?



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Posted 31 May 2024 - 04:07 PM

Calvary doesnt appear to be visible in the rendering.  In its place it looks like a mid-sized office building - or maybe that building is where the First Cash building is on 7th Street.  

You can find the location since Trinity Terrace appears on the rendering - it shows two buildings instead of one on the south side of 7th Street and a building roughly where EECU's building is. 

 

Good point about the date. The four 1980s high rise office buildings are already in place in this.  So, this would have likely been sometime between 1981 - late 80s.

 

Most interesting, in my opinion, is that the vision depicts 4-5 story office and/or residential buildings set in a naturalized setting (streams, woods) - emphasizing connection with nature, in isolated, but centrally located pockets, rather than connecting with the surrounding city.  Was this a common ideal urban scenario at this point in time? 

 

I could see that this concept as a possible response to Fort Worth's (and every central city's) economic development dilemma of: "How do we capture in our central city, all of the office-using companies who say they want low-rise buildings within a "park-like setting", instead of letting them all migrate to suburban locations?"

 

It seems sometime around the late 90s/early 2000s the ideal urban form shifted to promoting walkable urban places, with buildings and different uses closely connected.  Often these included connection to the past (revival designs) but not always. 






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