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Property Name Hotel Texas (Boundary lncrease)
Reference Number 14000966
State Texas
County Tarrant
Town Fort Worth
Street Address 815 Main Street and 815 Commerce Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 11/26/2014
Areas of Significance Community Planning and Development
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The 1921 Hotel Texas in downtown Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, was listed in the National Register in 1979 under Criterion A in the area of Community Planning and Development and Criterion C in the area of Architecture. Beginning in the early 1960s, Fort Worth city leaders endeavored to establish a convention industry in the city with a new convention center, construction of which began in 1966. Integral to that plan was the transformation of Hotel Texas into a larger "headquarters hotel" for the convention center. Completed in 1970, the hotel modernization and expansion project included a freestanding 230-room, 250,000 square-foot annex to the east, connected to original hotel via a pedestrian bridge across Commerce Street. This nomination amendment extends the boundary of the Hotel Texas to include the annex, which meets Criterion A in the area of Community Planning and Development, for its role as a crucial component of the city's convention center development. The period of significance for the combined hotel and annex is 1921 to 1970. The property meets Criterion Consideration G as an exceptionally significant building that represents an important private-public partnership that served to transform a portion of downtown Fort Worth from a blighted neighborhood (known as "Hell's Half Acre") into a premier convention destination. In March 2014, the National Park Service approved Part 1 of a Federal Preservation Tax Incentives application, concurring that the building is eligible for listing under these criteria.

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