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Property Name Will Rogers Memorial Center
Reference Number 16000122
State Texas
County Tarrant
Town Fort Worth
Street Address 3401 West Lancaster Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/22/2016
Areas of Significance Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
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The Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, is significant one of the most outstanding examples of Art Deco architecture in the State of Texas and as a major component of the state's Centennial celebration in 1936. The complex, designed by Wyatt Hedrick with Herman Koeppe in 1936, and dedicated on January 10, 1937, stands as the crowning achievement of their partnership. The three-part main building features the iconic Pioneer Tower flanked by a domed Coliseum to the east and an Auditorium to the west. The complex was widely acclaimed by the architectural profession upon completion. The property is nominated to the National Register under Criterion A in the area of Entertainment/Recreation and Criterion C in the area of Architecture at the state level of significance. The period of significance for the center is 1936, the year of its construction.

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