Explore the Architecture of Fort Worth

Many different factors make up a city’s culture. The food, traditions, entertainment, and art are all huge contributors. One aspect of a city that sometimes gets forgotten, but is something we actually experience and take in every day of our lives, is the architecture. Sure, there are famous landmarks like the Empire State Building, but not every city has buildings with such historical reputations. That doesn’t mean there aren’t examples of breathtaking architecture in many cities all over the world. Fort Worth is home to quite a few buildings that are prime examples of all different kinds of relevant and historical architectural trends. Fort Worth is a city for both art lovers and those interested in real estate. Many businesses and institutions call these interesting and majestic buildings home. Let’s take a look at some of the neighborhoods that make up Fort Worth and the architecture that fills them.




The area between the Trinity River on the north and west, I-35 to the east, and I-30 to the south is Fort Worth’s developing downtown district. Since the 1980’s, the area has been undergoing a makeover that includes new construction and the restoration of older, more historical structures. Some buildings of note include the Burk Burnett Building, which dates back to 1914 and was restored in 1981, Fire Station No. 1, which was built in 1907, and Frost Tower, which is under construction and is on track to be completed by 2018.


Cultural District


This neighborhood, sandwiched between the Trinity River and Montgomery Street, has a claim to fame as the cultural epicenter of Fort Worth thanks to its assortment of museums and gorgeous buildings. The Will Rogers Memorial Center, constructed in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial Celebration, may be the most famous landmark in the Cultural District. Other buildings of note include the variety of museums designed by such names as Louis Kahn, Tadao Ando, Philip Johnson, and David Schwarz.


Medical District


The Medical District is comprised of the area between I-30, I-35W, Magnolia, and the FW&R Railroad.  It consists of the nearby hospitals and medical campuses just south of Magnolia as well, giving the area its moniker. The Durham House (now a law office) and Eagle Steam Bread Bakery are two of the oldest buildings in the area, dating back to 1900 and 1895 respectively.  The Oxsheer House, erected in 1916, is a rancher what was designed for  cattleman Fountain Goodlet Oxsheer and is one of the last remaining grand homes in the area.


North Side


The North Side of Fort Worth is bordered by 35W, Trinity River, and Jacksboro Highway. There are many early 20th century buildings still standing in the area. One such building for history aficionados is the AFL-CIO Union Hall, which is your classic looking grocer’s building from 1908. Of particular interest is the “ghost signs” of the former businesses that operated out of the building, long faded from the passing time. There are many old time retail and hotel buildings that have been repurposed over the past 100+ years.


East Side


The buildings that make up the section of Fort Worth east of Interstate 35W are relatively more modern compared to other sections of the city. Relatively meaning mid to later 20th century rather than pre-World War II. There are also a significant amount of buildings that date from the early 2000s such as the Polytechnic Heights Neighborhood Police Center, Jean McClung Middle School, and a dozen more that have been remodeled in the past decade or so.


South Side


The South Side of Fort Worth consists of neighborhoods such as Fairmount, Mistletoe Heights, Ryan Place, Park Hill, TCU, Blue Bonnet Place, and Berkeley. The vast majority of the architecture on the South Side consists of buildings erected pre-1960. One building of note is St. John’s Episcopal Church which was built in 1952 but is actually a great example of the Gothic Revival architectural style which dates back to the 1700s. The Rosen House Inn Bed & Breakfast was built in 1910 and is an excellent example of the classic turn of the century two-story Southern home.


West Side


Finally, we reach the West Side, which is defined as the area between Jacksboro Highway, Montgomery Street, Trinity River, and the city limits on the west side. The Messer House is a must see for history buffs. Built in 1893, it was designed and occupied by architect Arthur Albert Messer. He and his brother would end up designing a number of buildings in the area. Though it has been remodeled over the years, much of the original materials stand. It now currently serves as a bed and breakfast.




Fort Worth has a diverse array of architecture in each of its neighborhoods. Know that when you’re searching for Fort Worth homes, you’re going to get to see these awesome buildings every day. Being surrounded by such a rich culture is truly an experience.



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