See How Fort Worth Has Grown in These 10 Before-and-After Photos

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Fort Worth was born as a small army outpost in 1849, but today it’s the fifth-largest city in the great state of Texas – and it’s still growing. Over the past ten years, major new architectural projects have grown up all across the city, from the historic streets of Downtown all the way out to the fields surrounding Alliance Airport.

10 New Real Estate Projects Enhancing the Fort Worth Cityscape

With help from Google’s Street View, we at RentCafe have looked back over the past eight years, and we’ve been surprised at how much the city’s streetscape has changed. We think you’ll see what we mean when you take a look back with us, through these before-and-after photos.

Simply drag the arrow bar back-and-forth to view the old and the new images.

1. The Westbrook, Downtown

Sundance Square Plaza was once home to the historic Westbrook Hotel – and today, the new Westbrook building pays homage to the Plaza’s legacy. This six-story building’s earthy facade of limestone, granite, and brick hearkens back to classic Texas architecture – but its LEED certification places it firmly in the twenty-first century. Beneath its iconic clock tower, 12,393 square feet of retail space provide shopping, dining and entertainment for guests from across the city.

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2. Omni Hotel and the Convention Center Parking Garage, Downtown

Towering above 13th Street, the sleek blue-green glass exterior of the Omni Hotel at 1300 Houston Street glimmers in the day and shines futuristically by night. Home to a world-class restaurant and a full-service spa, the hotel also offers 614 guest rooms and suites, all decked out in unmistakable Texas style. Near the hotel stands the Fort Worth Convention Center parking garage, providing drivers with easy access to the Water Gardens, as well as Downtown’s diverse shopping and nightlife.

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3. The Carnegie Building, Downtown

Although it looks like it’s stepped straight out of Texas history, the Carnegie Building was completed in 2008. Its stone base supports 16 stories of red-brown brick, accented with white-framed windows. Architect David M. Schwarz designed the Carnegie Building to serve as a companion to the similar-looking Chase Building, which stands just a block away. The Carnegie’s ground floor houses retail and dining spaces, while the upper stories provide premium, Class A office space.

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4. Cantey Hanger Plaza, Downtown

The law firm known as Cantey Hanger LLP traces its roots all the way back to 1882, when Fort Worth was just a dusty frontier town. Today, that firm lends its name to the striking contemporary building at 600 W. 6th St., whose wall-length windows and white framing began to take shape in 2007. The building provides office space for more than 50 of the Cantey Hanger‘s attorneys, along with a variety of other legal professionals.

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5. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Cultural District

The Museum first opened its doors in 1945, and moved to its current location on Gendy Street in 1954. Then, in the fall of 2007, that building closed down for two years, while the architecture firms Legoretta + Legoretta and Gideon Toal performed major renovations from the ground up. The new building boasts a footprint of 166,000 square feet, including exhibit space, the Noble Planetarium, and the Omni Theater.

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6. The Stayton, Cultural District

Fort Worth’s Cultural District sits just minutes away from the excitement of Downtown, but its own vibe is much more relaxed. Nestled in the heart of this peaceful neighborhood is The Stayton, a cream-colored contemporary complex that provides elegant assisted living for Fort Worth residents in their golden years. Residents who inhabit these one- and two-bedroom apartments can enjoy an on-site club area, art gallery, and performing arts theater – all within easy walking distance of the Cultural District’s shopping and dining.

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7. One Museum Place and Museum Place Block B1, Cultural District

Stroll along the Cultural District’s tree-lined boulevards and you’re sure to notice Museum Place, a contemporary complex at 3100 W 7th Street whose blue-green glass facades are complemented by walls of brown and red brick, in an artful fusion of the old and the new. Museum Place provides ground-floor retail space, as well as luxury condos ranging from 1,258 to 2,660 square feet. Block B1 stands just across the street, complementing One Museum Place with its own 38,000 square feet of office space.

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8. One West 7th, Cultural District

From just about any vantage point along 7th Street, you can’t miss the glass-and-brick facade of One West 7th. This six-story building has earned an LEED Certified Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, thanks to its energy efficiency and use of reclaimed materials. It offers 103,250 square feet of office space, and provides easy access to nearby retail shops, entertainment venues and apartments.

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9. FAA Southwest Regional Office, Alliance

The Fort Worth Alliance Airport lends its name to the surrounding Alliance district, where many airline companies maintain field offices. One of the neighborhoods newest tenants is the Federal Aviation Administration, whose 357,000 square-foot regional headquarters began to take shape along I-35 West over the past several years. The building, which cost $160 million to construct, brings together white stone, yellow brick, and glimmering glass, all situated within a tree-lined courtyard.

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10. Villa De Leon, Rock Island/Samuels Ave.

The upscale Rock Island neighborhood is home to a wide variety of elegant buildings, and the Villa de Leon condominium building is no exception. This six-story structure combines a contemporary minimalism with hints of neoclassical accents, reflecting the blend of Old World elegance and state-of-the-art luxury within. Residents can choose between two- or three-bedroom condos, all with panoramic views of the Trinity River and Downtown.

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Thanks for joining us on our tour through the last ten years of Fort Worth architectural history. We didn’t forget about your favorite new building or district, did we? If we did, we’d love for you to let us know! Share your favorite new additions to the city, and they might just appear in our next article here on RentCafe!

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Amalia Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time.

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