Friday, June 21, 2013

Fort Worth Friday

I struggled with today's options...but ultimately settled on Fort Worth's own Flat Iron building.

Though modeled after New York City's Flat Iron building in Manhattan,our replica stands only seven stories tall. It was supposedly going to be ten stories, but budgetary restraints caused a couple of floors to be removed from the plans.

Built in 1907 and located at the intersection of Houston and Ninth Street in the southern portion of downtown, but just north of the area of Hell's Half Acre, the building was one of the first steel-framed buildings as well as one of the tallest in North Texas in the early 1900s.

The building's been going through renovations for the last several years and if I had the money and inclination, I'd love to rent/buy one of the loft apartments it will eventually boast. During the restoration process, they've uncovered beautiful original wood and tile floors as well as ceiling friezes. For pictures of the restoration, click here.

Here are some more pictures that I took.

I hope I have the chance to go inside someday and see the completed project.


Unknown said...

I've always loved this building! :)

Chill N said...

Jen, this is wonderful! The restoration pix at the link you provided are amazing ... the floor tile they found, and then the elevator. Let's keep an eye open for any tours.