Commercial Building – 114 N. Commerce Street

114 N. Commerce Street [NR*], Commercial Building, c. 1898-1904; c. 1970s.  This early commercial building, somewhat isolated on the corner of Commerce and Weatherford streets, across the street from the Tarrant County Courthouse, was probably built between 1898 and 1904.  Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for 1898 show a vacant lot at this location, but the executor for the estates of William and Alfred Wills says that this structure stood on the property when the two brothers purchased it in February, 1905.  The structure does not appear in city directory records (early listings would have been on Rusk St.; the name was later changed to Commerce St.) until 1911 when it housed Keathley Brothers Grocers.  Through the years, the structure was home to a confectionery, a Greyhound Bus Substation, and a number of liquor stores and bars.  This two-story brick building is distinguished by its richly textured polychrome brickwork, including a corbelled brick cornice below the stepped parapet wall.  Were it not for the single light, fixed pane windows installed during the 1970s, the building might be eligible for the National Register.

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