Western Union Telegraph Building – 314-316 Main Street

314-316 Main Street, Western Union Telegraph Building, 1930-31.  The Western Union Telegraph Building, constructed in 1930-31, is a fine example of commercial Art Deco architecture, featuring polychrome terra cotta courses with a zigzag motif, a stepped parapet, and decorative brickwork.  Even though the structure is only three stories tall, recessed window panels and piers that end in a stepped parapet give it a vertical feel.  The building was designed by Fort Worth architect and engineer, James B. Davies, Sr. Although Western Union left the building in 1983, the property has been rehabilitated as part of Sundance Square.  Because few exterior modifications had been made, most of the work involved routine refurbishment and maintenance.

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