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Property Name Sealy, J. L., Building
Reference Number 13000612
State Texas
County Tarrant
Town Fort Worth
Street Address 801 S. Main Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/20/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Sealy Building is nominated to the National Register at the local level of significance under Criterion C in the area of Architecture as a good local example of a 2-part commercial block building in the near South Side of Fort Worth, Texas. The building was constructed in 1916 and displays the characteristics of this building type: a multi-story building (in this case, two-story constructed of brick) with a differentiated faade reflecting the private and public uses of the building. Contractor C. H. Messer constructed the building for J. L. Sealy, a butcher, who operated a grocery in one of the faades two storefronts. The storefronts are separated by a centered entrance that leads to the second story. The second story was used for apartments or as a transient hotel. This private function is reflected through the use of smaller window openings that were filled with 1/1 wood windows. The rear of the first floor was also used for apartments. A unique feature is an integral porch on the east end of the north elevation that provided access to the first floor apartments and a stairwell that leads to the apartments on the second floor. The building is located on South Main Street, less than a mile from the Central Business District. The period of significance is 1916, the year the building was constructed.


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