(top to bottom, left to right) Fort Worth Art Center Bayer 1953, Neiman-Marcus Barnes 1962, First National Bank Skidmore, Baptist Radio & TV Huepplesheuser - photos from the collection of Quentin McGrown
Tour E: Mid-Century Modern - **SOLD OUT** - 11 waitlisted
Thursday, November 7, 2013
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Class Code: 6
Room / Location
Grand Lobby / Convention Center First Floor
Early: $50.00 Advanced: $50.00 Full: $50.00
Williams Trew Sotheby's International Realty - Title Sponsor
Tour Guide: Quentin McGown, Texas Wesleyan University
As Fort Worth’s population and economy boomed in the years following World War II, developers, wealthy families, individual builders, and school districts supported the modernist design revolution, working with local and national architects who drew inspiration from both the East and West coasts while incorporating regional influences and innovations. Between 1945 and 1965, Downtown Fort Worth and the developing neighborhoods surrounding it were transformed by the modern movement as new construction embraced modern design principles and existing buildings were “updated” to reflect the new aesthetic. From local solo firms and small partnerships to national mega-firms, the architects working in Fort Worth during this period crafted a remarkable body of work ranging from the purest International Style to the quintessential Ranch House, and everything in between.
This two-hour bus tour will feature a mix of commercial and residential projects beginning with a look at the remaining works from the mid-century period in the Central Business District, noting the demolition of several important examples in recent years. Early works of the covered period in the Cultural District include the museum projects of Herbert Bayer and Philip Johnson, as well as the preliminary planning for Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Museum. The tour will be rounded out with a visit to the Ridglea area, one of the largest post-war planned developments in Texas, and home to works by A. Quincy Jones, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Karl Kamrath, and John Lloyd Wright, among many others.
At a time when mid-century architecture is finding renewed recognition and appreciation, buildings of the period are under increasing threat of demolition and alteration. This tour will explore Fort Worth’s rich stock of post-war modern structures, the architects, designers and builders who crafted them, and the challenges to and strategies for preserving the period for the future.
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