Dallas & Fort Worth Art Deco & Streamline Moderne Buildings

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Masonic Temple
Dallas, TX
This Masonic Temple was designed by Flint & Broad and built in 1941. The building is faced with limestone and features a black granite and an aluminum entrance. I believe the building has been vacant for years. It has changed hands a few times. After a new owner took over in 2018, chain link fencing went up around the property. It's unknown what the plans are for the building yet. [map]

Fair Park
Dallas, TX
Fair Park includes the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the U.S. They were built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. Unlike most expositions, these buildings were designed to be permanent. There are also numerous Art Deco statues and murals. The Hall of State, upper right photo, now houses the Texas Hall of State Museum.

The Park itself was established in 1880 and also contains the Dallas Zoo and the Music Hall. The Park still hosts the annual State Fair and the New Year's Day Cotton Bowl football game. The Cotton Bowl building was constructed in 1930 and hosts various football, soccer, and other sporting events during the rest of the year. Big Tex makes his appearance during the State Fair. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Dallas Power & Light Company Building
Dallas, TX
The Dallas Power & Light Company Building was built in 1931. The stained glass window over the entrance depicts the birth of light. From 2003-2005, the building was converted into apartments. For more, see this website. [map]

Margaret B. Henderson Elementary School
Dallas, TX
The Margaret B. Henderson Elementary School was built in 1941. It replaced an earlier structure. [map]

Public Safety and Courts Building
Fort Worth, TX
The Public Safety and Courts Building was built in 1938. It served as Fort Worth's City Hall until 1978. For more, see this website. [map]

Lone Star Gas Company
Fort Worth, TX
The Lone Star Gas Company office building was built in 1929. The top three floors were added in 1957. The revolving, neon flame sign was built by the Federal Electric Sign Co. and installed then. The flame represented the company's logo and was lit with blue and white neon. Some people remember the flame having an animated flicker.

The gas company no longer exists and the building now houses city offices. The sign, which is about 20 feet tall, was removed in 2018 and moved to city storage. There were concerns that it was no longer structurally sound. There are plans to restore and reinstall the sign once funding is established. The expected cost will be about $120,000. Atmos Energy has offered to cover half of that. The sign may also be designated as part of the Fort Worth Public Art collection making it eligible for city funded maintenance. For more, see this website. [map]

W.T. Grant Department Store
Fort Worth, TX
This W.T. Grant Department Store was designed by Alfred Alschuler and built in 1939. The ground floor now houses The Library (a bar) and Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. The leaves on the trees in these photos mostly conceal the "GRANTS" letters at the top of the building. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Will Rogers Memorial Center
Fort Worth, TX
The Will Rogers Memorial Center was designed by Wyatt C. Hedrick. It was built in 1936 for Fort Worth's Frontier Centennial. The tile friezes on the Auditorium and Coliseum buildings depict Texas history and products. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal
Fort Worth, TX

The Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal was built in 1931. In addition to the railroad terminal, the building was used for office space and warehouses. In 1957, the railroad vacated the terminal. In 1999, the lobby was restored. The Trinity Railway Express, a commuter train, began operating here in 2001. From 2002-2006, the building was converted into condos. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

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