Arlington will recognize Fielder House, iconic restaurant with local historical markers

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Historical markers These sites have previously been approved for local markers: • First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center St. • Thannish-Vandergriff Building, 225 N. Center St. • Worthington National Bank, 200 W. Main St. • Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St. • Jones Building, 406 W. Main St. • Kooken Elementary School, 423 N. Center St. • Booker T. Washington School, 500 Houston St. • Hutcheson-Smith Home, 312 Oak St. • Ramirez Medicinal Clinic, 314 N. Center St. • Top O’ Hill Terrace, 3001 W. Division St. • Arlington Downs Watering Trough, 300 Six Flags Drive • Old Town Historic District • South Center Street Historic District Source: City of Arlington

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Two Arlington landmarks — the Fielder House and Arlington Steak House — will soon receive special recognition for their significance in the city.

Last month, the City Council approved both sites for local markers at the recommendation of the Landmark Preservation Commission. Since 2009, Arlington has recognized 15 locations that are at least 50 years old and either have historical, archaeological, architectural or cultural significance, or are associated with residents or events that had a significant impact on the community.

The effort is designed to boost Arlington’s heritage tourism, providing residents and visitors with options to learn about people and places that have made the city what it is today, said Clayton Husband, historic preservation officer.

“There is a lot of history in Arlington, but people just don’t know it,” Husband said. “We are starting to gain some momentum on designating these sites and celebrating the history of Arlington.”

The Fielder House, at the corner of Fielder Road and Abram Street, was among the first brick homes to be built in Arlington. The two-story house, built in 1914 for Mr. and Mrs. James Park Fielder Sr., is home to the Arlington Historical Society and serves as a museum on Arlington history.

The house, which will soon undergo renovations, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. The site already has two state historical markers.

“It just shows that it deserves the recognition as a historic house and one of the few remaining structures from that time,” said Geraldine Mills, who has directed the Arlington Historical Society the past decade. “It’s quite a gem.”

The Arlington Steak House, at 1724 W. Division St., is known as the city’s oldest continuously operating restaurant. Built in 1931, it was originally known as the Triangle Inn and featured picture windows for the guests to watch the trains pass.

The restaurant was reportedly a meeting spot for prominent gamblers in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

“Everybody who has lived in Arlington knows where the steakhouse is,” said Ron Reber, chairman of the Landmark Preservation Commission.

Husband said the restaurant is now known more for its comfort food than its high-rolling past.

“The new owners have continued to keep the spirit of the business alive. They have a pretty loyal following,” Husband said. “It’s kind of a cool, funky unique place in Arlington. Places like that don’t exist anymore.”

The marker program has been funded by grants through the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.

Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639 Twitter: @susanschrock

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