The Flatiron Building is located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, at the corner of Houston and West 9th streets. At the time of its completion in 1907 it was one of the city's first steel frame buildings and the tallest building in north Texas.
Fort Worth's Flatiron Building was commissioned by local physician Dr. Bacon Saunders, who reserved the top floor for his offices, at a cost of $70,000. The building was to be located on a flatiron shaped corner and was originally known as Saunders' Triangle Building.
Early in the construction nearby merchants complained about the shadow that such a tall structure would cast over the downtown area, but their objections were eventually pacified by thoughts of the publicity the building would bring and Police Chief Maddox's promise to watch the construction site lest strong winds bring the girders down on them.
William Jenkins Worth, the man for whom the city of Fort Worth is named, is buried at the base of Manhattan's Flatiron Building, which inspired the design of the Fort Worth building.
The building was designed by Fort Worth's top architectural firm Sanguinet and Staats in the renaissance revival style. It is constructed of reinforced concrete over a steel frame. The facade is divided into a two story base supporting a five story body capped by a heavily ornamented cast iron cornice. The east and west facades are further divided into bays by piers which rise to arches in the top level. The building carries further ornamentation in the form of carved panther heads above the second story and brick lozenges.
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Flatiron Building Reviews
Interesting building, has a plaque with details if interested. Passing by and looked at the architecture. more »
Really love the architecture of this building in what is now a posh location in downtown Fort Worth. The Flatiron Building is located at the corner of Houston and West 9th streets in a an area that... more »
Great place, highly recommend.
Such an amazing structure, adds a bit of a NY vibe to our city.
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