Established in 1969, honored with the 2009 Texas Historical Commission’s Governors Award in Preservation and a member of the National Preservation Partners Network, Historic Fort Worth, Inc. is dedicated to preserving Fort Worth’s unique historic identity through stewardship, education and leadership. HFW stewards two cattle baron properties within the Quality Hill neighborhood, the 1904 Wharton-Scott House known as Thistle Hill (Fort Worth’s first landmark) and the 1899 Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, Fort Worth’s second landmark.
HFW’s administrative offices are on the second floor of McFarland House, 1110 Penn Street. The main floor serves as a historic house museum, and the lower level is a resource library comprised of books, photographs, surveys and thousands of files on historic buildings in Fort Worth. McFarland House is available to the public for tours, rentals and research.
HFW’s main tourism property, Thistle Hill at 1509 Pennsylvania Avenue, is adjacent to two major hospitals. Thistle Hill’s 1.5-acre park-like grounds comprise the largest green space in the Medical District. On weekdays HFW makes the grounds available at no charge to the family members of patients, the medical staff, and the general public. A children’s tactile and fragrance garden was installed in 2008, and a week-day food truck park was added in 2013. The carriage house, one of only two urban, transitional, carriage houses remaining in Texas, was built for both horses and cars and includes stalls, feeding troughs, a cooling yard, garage bays and a hand-crank gas pump. Thistle Hill is available to the public for tours and rentals.
Other HFW programs include membership tours of private and public buildings, programs on restoration and property management, historic property research, marketing of endangered properties, preservation courses for developers and Realtors, preservation awards, tours for special conferences, public appeals for threatened properties, survey updates, and façade easements. Additionally, HFW works behind the scenes and at public meetings to create opportunities for those places that matter most to Fort Worth’s unique historic identity.
Friends, members and constituents connect with HFW through memberships, community programs, as tourists, and at fundraising events like Rodeo Run, A Needlepoint Love Story, Preservation is the Art of the City®, the Hidden Gardens Tour of Fort Worth, and holiday events. HFW is a 501(c)(3) charity.
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