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Bank of America Center (First National Bank)

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1960, Gordon Bunshaft for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, with Preston M. Geren. 500 W. 7th St.

The twenty-one-story slab on the north side of Burk Burnett Park, by Bunshaft of the New York office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, was the first modern high-rise in downtown Fort Worth. Using the exoskeleton scheme that he also applied to the First City National Bank in Houston, Bunshaft recessed the glass curtain wall, which is shaded by the stone-clad structural frame. The plaza contains The Texas Sculpture (1961) by Isamu Noguchi. The west side of Burnett Park is framed by Fort Worth’s tallest building, the forty-story Burnett Plaza (First United Bancorporation Building; 1983, CRSS/Geren and Sikes Jennings Kelly) at 801 Cherry Street. Installed on the Burnett Plaza side is Jonathon Borofsky’s fifty-foot-tall aluminum, cut-out figure, Man With a Briefcase (2002).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Bank of America Center (First National Bank)", [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, 208-208.

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