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Fort Worth Flashback: Knights of Pythias Castle Hall stands guard over Sundance Square

Posted July 19, 2013

Knights of Pythias

This replica of a medieval civic building is one of the architectural jewels of Sundance Square. The first permanent lodge in Fort Worth, it was designed by Sanguinet and Staats and built by William Bryce, a mayor of Fort Worth.

The Knights of Pythias Castle Hall was constructed at 315 Main St. in 1881, and it burned in 1901. Later that year, the building was rebuilt from the ruins and the design was altered to reflect a Flemish style. A gabled roof and a turret on the corner were added.

The building was also the site of the first offset printing press.

In 1981, when the building was restored, a replica of the original knight (cast in 1882) was placed on the building.

Thomas E. Woodward and Associates was the architect and Thos. S. Byrne was the contractor for the restoration. The principal tenant today is Haltom’s Jewelers.

The Knights of Pythias is a charitable and fraternal organization chartered in Washington, D.C., in 1864 and established in Texas in 1872.

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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