Cantey Lecture 2020

The 2020 Samuel Benton Cantey, III Lecture

Who was Samuel Benton Cantey, III?  See below:

 HFW’S first virtual event!

“The Sensational Work of Charles Stevens Dilbeck in Fort Worth”


Meet event lecturer Willis Winters, FAIA, architect, planner, preservationist and the recently-retired director of Dallas’ Park and Recreation Department.  Mr. Winters is the author of numerous works on Dallas architecture, including books on Fair Park and the Park Cities.  He is at work on a new book on Dilbeck and will share some new discoveries from this work in progress. 

While Dallas has numerous Dilbecks, this lecture will highlight his work in Fort Worth, including a blufftop home west of TCU, the lost Western Hills Hotel, and a gracious home repurposed as a clubhouse for a trailer park near Marion Sansom Park.  Join us in Zoom for the lecture followed by a live Q&A with Mr. Winters.

Co Sponsored by the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Charles Stevens Dilbeck

Born in Fort Smith, Oklahoma in 1907 and a graduate of Oklahoma A&M, by the age of twenty Charles Dilbeck was designing houses for wealthy businessmen in Tulsa where he had moved with his parents at the age of eight.  As a boy, he gained drafting experience by working with his father, who built apartments and churches.  During the depression in the late 1920’s, Dilbeck moved to Dallas.

Although Dilbeck designed several ranch houses, he was fond of adapting historical styles into eclectic new designs, many with folklore-like, whimsical characteristics.  Famous for his rough-hewn architecture, Dilbeck widely employed the use of plaster, wood and stone that are reminiscent of Old Europe.  His designs often include details such as turrets, balconies, multiple chimneys and decorative brickwork that create an appealing Romantic design.  His trademark details include asymmetrical massing, soaring windows, prominent chimneys, dovecotes and brick corbelling over primary windows.

Charles Dilbeck designed more than 600 houses in the Dallas area that are appreciated for their welcoming presence and romantic design.  He retired in 1970 and died in 1990.  For a picture of Mr. Dilbeck, click on the link below:


Samuel Benton Cantey, III Lecture

As a Fort Worth visionary, businessman, collector of art and leader of the Fort Worth Art Association, (now the Modern Art Museum), Samuel Benton Cantey III (1914-1973) understood that great architecture is irreplaceable.  In the 1950’s Mr. Cantey invited Bror Utter (1913-1993) to paint architecturally-significant buildings in downtown Fort Worth as they were being prepared for demolition.  Mr. Utter, a talented studio artist and teacher, was a member of the Fort Worth Circle, the legendary group of artists who traveled abroad and painted together.  His paintings document both demolished and standing downtown buildings and are part of the permanent collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The annual Cantey Lecture is paired with HFW’s preservation awards.


A celebration of good design for great cities

Artists Most Commonly Associated with the Fort Worth Circle

Between 1940 and 1960 a group of artists called the “Fort Worth Circle” or the “Fort Worth School” emerged and formed a close association.  Under the leadership of Samuel Benton Cantey, III these artists annually exhibited their works at the “Local Artists Show.” 

Today, Historic Fort Worth’s Preservation is the Art of the City® honors the spirit and legacy of these outstanding artists with its annual show and sale of works by local studio artists.  The Samuel Benton Cantey, III Lecture and Preservation Awards are held within one of the galleries HFW rents for the art show and sale.

Bill Bomar
Jack Boynton
David Brownlow
Cynthia Brants
Lia Cuilty
Kelly Fearing
George Grammer
Veronic Helfensteller
Sweetie Ladd
Marjorie Johnson lee
Josephine Mahaffrey
Blanche McVeigh
Gene Owens
Olive Pemberton
Dickson Reeder
Flora Blanc Reeder
Evaline Sellors
Sara Shannon
Emily Guthrie Smith
McKie Trotter
Bror Utter
Don Vogel
Charles Williams

HFW’s Education Committee 
Dr. Kathryn Holliday, Chairman,
Committee Members
Marie Oehlerking-Read
John Roberts
Britt Stokes
Ethan Wu