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Fort Worth Flashback: North Side High is one of architect Clarkson’s signature works

Posted Sept. 22, 2013

Northside High School

In September 1937, North Side High School moved to a new building on McKinley Avenue that was built on the site of the Stripling Dairy.

The 15-acre campus was a joint project between the Fort Worth ISD, the Public Works Administration and the Works Progress Administration and was part of a 12-school project.

The lead architect at the North Side project was Wiley G. Clarkson. Construction was completed by the Harry B. Friedman Co. at a cost of $459,000.

In addition to his work on the nationally renowned Art Deco project at North Side High, Clarkson also designed the Masonic Temple on Henderson Street and West Lancaster Avenue, the downtown Woolworth’s, TCU’s Mary Couts Burnett Library, Trinity Episcopal Church, Sanger Building, Downtown YMCA, First United Methodist Church, the original Cook Children’s Hospital, Harris Methodist Hospital, Sinclair Building, Meacham Airport Administration Building, Stripling Department Store, John Peter Smith Hospital, McLean Junior High School and others.

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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