Pioneer Pickle and Canning Company – Hattie

Located adjacent to the International & Great Northern Railroad tracks, this one-story, simple red brick building first served as the home of the Pioneer Pickle and Canning Company. Thomas Barbuzza, the owner of the property, served as the company’s president. For many years, it continued to house other food service industries, including the Texas Syrup … Read more

LaCava Clothes Cleaners – Hemphill

This two-story brick commercial building is prominently sited at the important intersection of Hemphill and Magnolia. Built in 1927, it first housed the W. B. LaCava Clothes Cleaning business. In 1939, Frank Hamra opened Modern Drugs on the premises, which remains an institution in the area. The building is a contributing resource in the Fairmount-Southside … Read more

Laneri School – Hemphill

John B. Laneri, a native of Italy, was a prominent Fort Worth businessman (see 902 S. Jennings). He built this school for boys in 1921 in memory of his first wife. Originally for grades 5-9, it served as Fort Worth’s first Catholic high school from 1928 to 1962, with classes taught by Benedictine priests until … Read more

Victorian Apartments – Hemphill

This large two-story brick apartment building, built c. 1922, has hefty two-story porches along the front. It is one of about ten apartment complexes in south Fort Worth of the 1920’s run by the Management Co. of Texas, most of which employ a scheme involving similar or identical buildings flanking a central courtyard. It may … Read more

Commercial Building – Pennsylvania

This one-story commercial building, of brick and hollow tile construction, has a veneer of cast stone. The curving façade takes splendid advantage of a prominent corner location at the intersection of two thoroughfares. The cast stone frieze and parapet are particularly fine. The frieze incorporates both a Gothic Revival triforium and an Art Deco zigzag … Read more

Dr. Pepper Bottling Company – Henderson

According to Judith Singer Cohen’s book, Cowtown Moderne (1988), the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company building was the largest monolithic concrete structure in Fort Worth at the time of its completion. Hubert Hammond Crane’s design for the building was influenced by European Functionalists architects. The contractor was Thomas S. Byrnes. Before alterations, the building was regarded … Read more

Fort Worth Public Market Building – Henderson

Oklahoma City developer John J. Harden had this hall built in 1930 to provide market space for local farmers, vendors and retail businesses. Designed by B. Gaylord Noftsger, also of Oklahoma City, it is an eclectic design which playfully incorporates traditional and modern elements. In composition, a masonry block, nearly square in plan, with towers … Read more

Commercial Bldg./ Daiches Jewelry Company – 101-107 Houston Street

101-107 Houston Street, Commercial Building/ Daiches Jewelry Company, 1910; 1955.  George L. Gause, a funeral home operator, purchased this property in 1910 and constructed this three-story brick commercial building that same year.  The building is listed on both Houston and Weatherford streets in early city directories, making it difficult to identify building tenants precisely.  Gamble … Read more

Commercial Bldg./Engler’s Dry Goods – Houston

111 Houston Street, Commercial Building/Engler’s Dry Goods, c.1895-1900.  The actual construction date of this turn-of-the-century Victorian commercial building is not known, but it was likely erected between 1895 and 1900 by property owner Edward Disney Farmer.  The earliest tenant identified in city directory records was the National Coffee Co. which located here about 1906.  A … Read more

Jacob Luskey Dry Goods – 113 Houston Street

113 Houston Street, Commercial Building/Jacob Luskey Dry Goods, c. 1890s.  Like its neighbor to the north (CBD 78), this building’s early history is unclear.  Although it was probably constructed during the 1890s, the first firm listed in city directories at this location is the National Coffee Co., which operated from this building between about 1903 … Read more