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Convention center arena, Trader’s Oak among Fort Worth’s endangered places

Posted May 9, 2017

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the FW Convention Center as viewed from the street
The 'spaceship-style' Convention Center Arena deserves to be repurposed for a different use, according to Historic Fort Worth.

As part of National Preservation Month, Historic Fort Worth Inc. annually releases a most endangered places list. The program recognizes the changes that impact those places that comprise the unique, historic identity of Fort Worth.

The 2017 list includes:

Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, 1201 Houston St. Designed in the 1960s as an urban renewal project, it is destined to be torn down to make way for new space that fits the needs of today’s meeting planners.

Ellis Pecan Building, 1012 N. Main St. The building, constructed in 1920, is in need of repairs, including a new roof, and is threatened by neglect.

Grand High Court of Heroines of Jericho, 3016 E. Fourth St. The social and benevolent organization for African-American women built this distinctive structure in 1952.

Texas & Pacific Warehouse Building, 401 W. Lancaster Ave. This enormous eight-story building was the outgrowth of a 1920s Chamber of Commerce effort to building $100 million of civic and business improvements. A developer has been working to restore the building as part of the Lancaster Corridor project.

Trader’s Oak, 1200 Samuels Ave. Under the magnificent live oak three, one of the first trading posts in North Texas was established in 1849. With development planned for this area, the tree is vulnerable.

Access to the newly restored Van Zandt Cottage, 2900 Crestline Road. This house is thought to be the oldest in the city on its original site. Eliminating vehicle access to the cottage would limit the success of this important historic resource.

Wedgwood’s California modern houses, 5716 Winifred Drive and 5320 Wooten Drive. Wedgwood is threatened by a lack of enlightenment about the design value of mid-century modern buildings and the perception that Wedgwood is not a desirable place to live.

To learn more, contact Historic Fort Worth Inc. at 817-336-2344.

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