Handley Avenue Historic Strip

Handley Historic Commercial Strip Tour

Handley strip

Central Handley Historic District – Photograph by Daniel Haase

Join us

Thursday, August 1, 2024 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join us as we visit the shops that comprise the Handley Avenue Historic Strip.

The commercial strip is comprised of 5 brick storefronts built in two phases. They were commissioned by Matt Skeen around 1910 and designed and built by George Steven Carmack. The strip has 5 bays, and the west three bays have a central stepped parapet, which probably comprised the original structure. 

The following stores will be open for the tour.

  • 6501 / Bliss Bridal Salon – Pending Response
  • 6507 / Justine’s Flowers
  • 6511 / Creme de la Creme Cake Company
  • 6513+6515 / Paper Planet
  •  6517 / Llamaste Yoga – Might have a class but visitors are welcome to stop in.
  • 6519 / Hwy 109 Event Rentals + Planning
  • 6523 / It’s Your Night Entertainment
  • 6609 / Blank Space Fort Worth (Formerly Kell Cleaners)
  • 6613 / The Tubman Gallery
  • 6619 / Enchanted Forest Metaphysical Shop (renovations starting in August 2024- Now owned by Julie West of Paper Planet)

6500 and 6600 Blocks of East Lancaster Avenue   •  Fort Worth, TX

Parking is available at Blank Space (Northeast corner of Handley and Lancaster) and behind Bliss Bridal Salon (North side of the Bliss building, off of Forest).

SPACE IS LIMITED

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Members Tour FREE 

Watch your email for a members link
or call 817-336-2344 ext. 108

Handley Looking East

Handley looking east 1951. Photo compliments of UTA Archives.

Brief History of Handley

The collection of twelve buildings in Handley was originally built over several years during a time when Handley was a key transportation connection for the Interurban light rail system and the Texas and Pacific Railroad. These businesses served both commuters and local customers. From 1910 through the late 1920s, the Handley business district thrived, benefiting from visitors to the Interurban trolley park on nearby Lake Erie. The buildings, typical of early 20th-century American architecture, feature pressed tin ceilings, transoms over the doors, and similar elements. Built between 1910 and 1933, they present a contiguous façade but were constructed over seven different periods. Notable buildings include the Handley Feed Store and the O.D. Stevens Commercial Building, built in 1933 with a sandstone façade and a petrified wood band, known today for its historical significance and unique architectural features .

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