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Fort Worth Flashback: Admin building anchors TWU campus

Posted Dec. 20, 2013

TWU Christmas card

The Oneal-Sells Administration Building on the campus of Texas Wesleyan University (formerly Texas Wesleyan College) is a Texas Historic Landmark.

The south wing of the building (facing Rosedale Street) was constructed in 1903 out of limestone from Dublin, Texas.

In 1909, the building was remodeled and greatly expanded. The architect for the expansion was M.L. Waller. It was constructed by Lusher and Rocket Contractors. The 1909 addition added the northern three-quarters of the western facade, including the raised, recessed portico. This addition matches the original building in materials and detailing.

In 1963, a major interior remodeling was begun, with the only exterior work being the spiral fire escape stairs added around two of the columns.

The building, at 1201 Wesleyan Drive, is depicted in this TWC Christmas card from the 1930s.

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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