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Fort Worth Flashback: Tandy Center introduced ice skating to Cowtown

Posted Dec. 13, 2013

Tandy Center skating rink

Many Fort Worth residents laced up their first— and possibly only— pair of ice skates at the old Tandy Center, which housed an ice rink surrounded by shops and restaurants.

Formerly known as Tandy Center and previous headquarters of RadioShack, the building at the intersection of Throckmorton and Third streets has had a long history in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. Since it first opened several decades ago, the mixed-used facility has had several facelifts.

In 1929, the old Leonard’s Department Store started construction of the 25-foot storefront at 200 Houston St. By 1963, the Leonard Brothers opened the underground Leonard’s M&O Subway using modified cars from Washington, D.C.’s abandoned streetcar system.

Tandy Corp. demolished the Leonard’s Department Store after buying the store and subway from the Leonard Brothers in 1976. The Charles D. Tandy Center was built in its place, housing a shopping mall anchored by Dillard’s, the indoor ice rink and two landmark office towers.

Leonard’s M&O Subway was changed to Tandy Subway and ran for the last time in 2002.

Popularity of the mall began to wane in the 1990s, leading Dillard’s to move out. Virtually vacant, the mall was reborn in 1996 as an outlet mall, Fort Worth Outlet Square, but was still not successful. The mall and ice rink were both eventually closed and converted into office space.

Today, the building is known as City Place.

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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