You can’t fight city hall if you can’t find it, so Fort Worth officials are looking to make that easier.
If given the go-ahead from council, staff is ready to move forward with changing the address of Fort Worth City Hall from 1000 Throckmorton St. to 200 Texas St., according to a staff report. The council will address the matter at its work session Tuesday.
City Hall isn’t located on Throckmorton and its south end is in the 200 block of Texas. It’s at the south end of the building where the citizen’s parking lot is located.
“Having a simple address on Texas Street will provide an iconic name that will make the address easy to remember,” the report said.
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Confusion as to where City Hall is has persisted for decades, staff said.
1972 Year new City Hall opened at 1000 Throckmorton St.
Prior to opening in 1972, City Hall was located in the A.D. Marshall Building across the street from the current location. That building is at 1000 Throckmorton. For some unknown reason, when the new City Hall opened in 1972, the Throckmorton address was extended to the new building.
Thd A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building is better known as municipal court. The building was renamed in 2007 to honor the late A.D. Marshall, who served as a city marshal from 1952 to 2005 and was the city’s longest-tenured employee.
With the address change will come improved signage on both buildings. Signs at the four corners of City Hall will read Fort Worth City Hall, 200 Texas Street, a report said.
And on the Marshall building, signs will be added closer to eye level and with the name and function of the building, the report said.
Other “wayfinding” guides will be placed in the lobbies of both buildings.
The changes should come at little cost and will be completed by January, the report said. Existing stationery, letterhead and other forms will be used until the supply is exhausted.
This article contains information from the Star-Telegram archives.