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Fairmount unveils historical marker

Posted May 16, 2017

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the marker in the ground
The Texas Historical Commission has recognized the Fairmount-Southside Historic District by awarding it an official Texas historical marker.

Fort Worth’s newest historical marker celebrates the Fairmount-Southside Historic District just south of downtown.

The marker, at Allen Street between Fifth Avenue and South Henderson Street, was unveiled last weekend during the popular Fairmount Home Tour, always held on Mother’s Day weekend.

The Fairmount-Southside Historic District is a predominately residential area in the center of Fort Worth’s Historic Southside. The district is comprised of 22 separate additions containing more than 1,200 residences, commercial buildings and other structures.

Most residences were built as wood-frame, single-family cottages, bungalows and two-story foursquare homes. During its post-railroad boom, Fort Worth began to quickly expand south. Developers planned the additions that now comprise the Fairmount-Southside Historic District during the years 1883-1907.

When developed, the land on which the Fairmount-Southside Historic District now rests was on the southernmost edge of the city. The district grew rapidly in its formative years, as many middle-income workers moved to Fort Worth to find work.

Beginning with Queen Anne and ending in the Craftsman style, the homes built by the original residents now showcase the evolution of domestic architecture of early 20th century suburban America, the plaque reads.

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