The Hilton Fort Worth is a historic hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Constructed from 1920 to 1921 as the Hotel Texas, it was designed by Sanguinet & Staats and Mauran, Russell, & Crowell, with Westlake Construction Co. as the contractor.

Hotel Texas
Hotel Texas.jpg
Hotel Texas in 2011
Hotel Texas is located in Texas
Hotel Texas
Hotel Texas
Hotel Texas is located in the United States
Hotel Texas
Hotel Texas
General information
TypeHotel
Architectural styleChicago, Renaissance, Georgian Revival
Address815 Main St.
Town or cityFort Worth, Texas
CountryUnited States
Coordinates32°45′9″N 97°19′45″W / 32.75250°N 97.32917°W / 32.75250; -97.32917Coordinates: 32°45′9″N 97°19′45″W / 32.75250°N 97.32917°W / 32.75250; -97.32917
Construction started1920 (1920)
Completed1921 (1921)
Height
Roof55.5 m (182 ft)
Technical details
Floor count15
Grounds1 acre (0.40 ha)
Design and construction
Architecture firmSanguinet & Staats, Marvan, Russell & Clowell
Other information
Number of rooms294
Website
Hilton Fort Worth
Hotel Texas
NRHP reference No.79003011[1] (original)
14000966[2] (increase)
RTHL No.2574
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 3, 1979
Boundary increaseNovember 26, 2014
Designated RTHL1982
Postcard of Hotel Texas, 1928

A two-story addition was constructed to the North in 1963, featuring a bank on the ground floor and a new 25,000 sq ft ballroom on the second level.[3] On November 21, 1963, United States President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy stayed at the hotel in Room 850. The next morning, Kennedy gave what would be his last address in the Crystal Ballroom, just hours before he was assassinated in Dallas. The hotel became the Sheraton-Fort Worth Hotel in 1968.

A major renovation, completed in 1970,[3] coincided with the opening of the Fort Worth Convention Center, making the hotel a "headquarters hotel" for the center.[4] In the main building, the work involved splitting the original two-story lobby into two floors, with additional meeting rooms on the upper level, and the renovation of the guest rooms, reducing their number to 289.[3] It also included the addition of a new 49 m (161 ft) 230-room,[4] 8-floor hotel annex atop a 5-story parking garage built in 1928, across Commerce Street from the hotel and linked to the main building by a skybridge.[5]

The Sheraton closed in 1979. The hotel was gutted and renovated at a cost of $33 million by architects Jarvis, Putty, Jarvis.[6] The lobby was returned to its original two-story configuration, the interior was entirely redone, an atrium was created between the rear wings of the "U" shaped tower, and new lighting was installed on the upper levels to resemble the original lighting of the hotel. The hotel reopened in January 1981[7] as the Hyatt Regency Fort Worth.

The hotel was renamed the Radisson Fort Worth in 1995. Under Radisson, the lights on the upper floors were turned off. From 2005 to 2006, the hotel's interiors were renovated, and it was renamed the Hilton Fort Worth on April 1, 2006.[8] The 1970 annex tower was not renovated. Instead, it was sold off and left vacant.[3] The Hilton Fort Worth currently contains 294 guest rooms. Part of the new work for the conversion included relighting the top of the building.

The Hotel Texas was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 3, 1979.[1] A boundary increase was approved in November 2014 to include the annex as part of the listing.[9]

In 2015, plans were announced to convert the 1970 annex, empty since 2006, to an apartment building with 140 units.[5] In 2020, plans were announced to reopen the annex as a hotel, operated by the Le Méridien brand of Marriott International.[10]

Jim Thompson, the American author and screenwriter, known for his hardboiled crime fiction (The Getaway, The Grifters, After Dark, My Sweet), worked as a bellboy at the Hotel Texas for two years during Prohibition while attending high school during the day.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Hotel Texas (Boundary Increase)". National Park Service. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2016-08-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Hotel Texas (Boundary lncrease)".
  5. ^ a b "Funding board approves $4.7 million for Hilton Hotel annex renovation | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram". Archived from the original on 2015-07-14.
  6. ^ "The Short Road to Success".
  7. ^ Communications, Emmis (November 1980). "Texas Monthly".
  8. ^ "Hilton Hotel in Downtown Fort Worth". Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  10. ^ "The Historic Hotel Texas Annex Could Soon Become, Well, a Hotel Again". 3 December 2020.

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