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Fort Worth City Hall

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1971, Edward Durell Stone and Associates, with Preston M. Geren and Associates. 1000 Throckmorton St.

A late work by the Stone office, contemporary with his 1972 Amarillo Museum of Art (AO25.1), this reinforced concrete building arrays offices around a three-story skylit interior courtyard with fountains and suspended sculpture. The deep-set, ground-level perimeter arcade is covered by two oversailing upper floors fitted with vertical shade walls and deeply recessed glazing. Such shade-related devices were signature elements of Stone’s work. The City Hall has been criticized for the presumed inefficiency of its interior public space. Municipal departments are organized around three sides, and public meeting chambers occupy the upper north levels. Dark brown cast-stone pavers used for interior flooring visually ground the precast concrete walls.

Alongside the city hall is the four-story former Lone Star Gas Company Building (1929, Wyatt C. Hedrick; 908 Monroe Street), now the City Hall annex. It combines foliate Art Deco ornament with an impressive display of Greek classical detail in the black granite portal framing the front door.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Fort Worth City Hall", [Fort Worth, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 207-208.

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