HFW’s Citywide Program Finds a Future for Buildings Owned by others.
As a comprehensive preservation charity, HFW’s board and staff work behind the scenes and in the public arena to create opportunities for those places that shape Fort Worth’s unique historic identity. Examples of successes from this citywide program follow:
- African-American Knights of Pythias Hall (1925): Just placing this rare resource on the endangered list prompted the demolition-minded owner to sell to someone else who adapted it for a new use.
- Chase Court (1906): It’s placement on the endangered list prompted the neighbors of Fort Worth’s first gated community to establish a local historic district.
- Heritage Park Plaza (1976-80): HFW funded a successful nomination for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places that created the insight for a new, sensitive restoration plan.
- Meisner-Brown Funeral Home (1937): With one month left before its demolition, HFW developed an e-blast about the building and an owner of a restoration firm saw it and bought the building.
- Ridglea Theater (1950): HFW stopped a plan to demolish all but the tower and the lobby until a new owner emerged who restored the theater back to its original splendor.
- Stockyards (1900-24): HFW funded an historic resources survey that resulted in a local historic district.