(left to right) Texas and Pacific Railway Terminal exterior and lobby ceiling; Modern-style Sinclair Building - photos by John Roberts, AIA
Tour R: Cowtown Moderne
Friday, November 8, 2013
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Class Code: 60
Room / Location
Grand Lobby / Convention Center First Floor
Early: $50.00 Advanced: $50.00 Full: $50.00
Halbach Dietz Architects - Title Sponsor
Tour Guide: John Roberts, AIA, Halbach•Dietz Architects
Inspired by the book Cowtown Moderne: Art Deco Architecture of Fort Worth, Texas, by Judith Singer Cohen, this walking tour will cover the Downtown Fort Worth buildings described in the book. The tour will start at the Texas and Pacific Railway complex, downtown’s largest Moderne-styled project. Completed in 1931 and designed by Herman P. Koeppe of Wyatt C. Hedrick’s office, the complex faces Lancaster Street and consists of three buildings: the Texas and Pacific Railway Terminal, the Texas and Pacific Warehouse, and the U.S. Post Office.
The Terminal and the Warehouse, having directly served the railway, were designed in the Moderne style, while the Post Office was more “civic,” and was designed in the Classic and Beaux Arts styles. The Terminal features a beautiful lobby with a ceiling that has been described as the Sistine Chapel of Fort Worth. Today, the building has been converted into lofts with the ground floor left for commuter rail functions. Equally as impressive is the U.S. Post Office Lobby. Currently, the Texas and Pacific Warehouse is vacant and awaiting development.
Wiley G. Clarkson of Fort Worth designed other notable downtown Moderne styled skyscrapers, including his Sinclair Building, which features a beautiful lobby, ground floor retail, a delightful Ziggurat themed exterior, and a lighted top. Diagonally across the street is the Blackstone Hotel, with as much Gothic influences as Moderne.
Several smaller commercial buildings featuring Moderne styling and influences are scattered about downtown, and these buildings will also be covered on the tour. In addition to these, there are a handful of downtown buildings that were built before the Art Deco era and were remodeled in the period with Moderne facades.
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