FW’s new City Hall?

Posted Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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For 80 years Fort Worth’s Beaux Arts post office has had a great steward, and we hope the city of Fort Worth will be the next one.

Designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1980 and included in the National Register in 1985, alterations to the building must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

In 1931 the U.S. Postal Service selected local architect Wyatt C. Hedrick to design its Fort Worth building, a significant decision since most post offices were constructed from standard Treasury Department designs. Clad in Cordova limestone quarried near Austin, Fort Worth’s post office consumes a full city block and celebrates local culture with capitals of Texas longhorns and polled Hereford cattle.

The building weathered a major battle in the early 1980’s when a group called I-CARE defended it from an intrusive expansion planned for I-30. I-CARE eventually won the suit in an appeal, and the overhead freeway was demolished in 2001.

A new city hall in the post office building would be a catalyst for additional development on Lancaster Avenue. Most importantly, it would keep the building in public usage with access to the elaborate interior, something citizens have enjoyed since 1933.

— John Roberts, AIA,

Chairman, Historic Fort

Worth, Inc.

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