The City Council approved $3.7 million to rehabilitate the iconic Pioneer Tower at Will Rogers Memorial Center, giving it a high-tech facelift in time for the opening of the nearby Dickies Arena late this year.
Public Events Director Kirk Slaughter presented a plan to the City Council that will remove the aluminum grates from all sides of the 209-foot tower and relight the original glass blocks from within. The grates were installed sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
Plans call for replacing the glass blocks and installing LED lights on the interior. The lights could be changed to celebrate local events, such as purple for a Horned Frogs victory or pink for the Stock Show.
The estimated budget is $3,756,050. The goal for project completion would be late 2019, coinciding with the opening of the Dickies Arena, currently under construction just south of the tower.
In addition, Fort Worth Public Art has proposed video projection mapping at Pioneer Tower. The technology turns building facades into surfaces for video projection. That project is down the road, but the Council approved $325,000 in infrastructure that will make the public art aspect possible.
Pioneer Tower, flanked by the domed coliseum to the east and an auditorium to the west, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The facility, at 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., was built in 1936. Architect Wyatt C. Hedrick designed the buildings for the Texas Centennial celebration using a mixture of Classical Revival and Moderne styles. All three buildings are constructed with buff-yellow brick and are significant as one of the most outstanding examples of Art Deco architecture in Texas.
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Collective Bargaining Public Notice for Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association: 9 a.m. April 29, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. April 30, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
North Park Project Meeting: 7:30 p.m. April 30, 2019; Northpark YMCA, 9100 N. Beach St.
Collective Bargaining Public Notice for Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association: 9 a.m. May 1, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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