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Fort Worth Flashback: Downtown, circa 1910

Posted March 26, 2012

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How many historic structures from this 1910 photo of downtown Fort Worth can you identify?

  1. A larger City Hall was built in 1893 at Throckmorton and 10th streets, replacing the one built in 1877 at Second and Commerce streets. It was eventually torn down and replaced by a New Deal-era Moderne building that today is the A.D. Marshall Public Safety Building.
  2. Built in 1894, the Tarrant County Courthouse was one of the finest structures of its kind in the state and today is one of the best examples of 19th-century courthouses.
  3. The Fort Worth Public Library Association built the original library building in downtown Fort Worth at the corner of Ninth and Throckmorton on the site known as Hyde Park. The Carnegie Library operated from 1901 until it was demolished and a new building was constructed on the same site. That building was dedicated in 1939.
  4. The wedge-shaped Flatiron Building , copied after its more famous namesake in New York City, was built in 1908. Known as the tallest building in North Texas, it was erected for the renowned Dr. Bacon Saunders, dean of City Medical College. It was designed by Sanguinet and Staats, distinguished Fort Worth architects, of reinforced concrete over a steel frame.
  5. This building and its two-story addition were also designed by Sanguinet and Staats. It was originally constructed as the Western National Bank Building and was one of the first concrete skyscrapers in Fort Worth. In 1952, in an effort to modernize the building, porcelain panels were installed over the historic facade. In 1981, the panels were removed and the building was restored except for elements that had been removed in the previous renovations, including some elaborate parapet ornamentation. The building was converted to 29 loft apartments in 1996.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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