In 1921, leading Fort Worth architectural firm Sanguinet and Staats – designers of many iconic buildings which still stand, including the Texas Hotel and Our Lady of Victory Academy (as well dozens of houses in Arlington Heights) – constructed the Neil P. Anderson Cotton Exchange.
Dallas’ famous Cotton Exchange was demolished in 1991. This being Fort Worth, however, this architectural gem, listed on the National Register in 1978, was renovated and repurposed by low-key local developer Amicus Interests in 2004 as condominiums.
The Beaux Arts building, rechristened The Neil P, is more attractive in my opinion than its better-known rival down 7th Street. With units selling for about $275 per square foot, the Neil P offers urban living at a reasonable price and compares favorably with the Omni Residences, which start at about $475 per square foot.
The lobby retains the vintage era vibe with a rich repertoire of materials and classical architectural elements.
By contrast, the condominium units are open concept modern. Only on the market for two weeks, unit No. 902 in the Neil P offers prime, ninth floor views 1350 feet of living space, and two bedrooms and two full baths.Floors are mocha, wide-plank hardwood. A balcony off the living area offers fine city views.
The kitchen is kitted out with premium appliances and fashionable quartz counter tops. The glass backslashes still look fresh 10 years after installation. Ample cabinetry is stained to match the hardwood floors.
The master bedroom is a generous 16 x 11 feet. Both bedrooms have their own private bath.
I love the user-friendly, deep trough style sink. Faucets are sensibly in-wall mounted for easy cleaning. The master has two large closets.
At $825 per month HOA dues are a bit high. But the building does have admirable amenities including an attractive pool and party room with a professional chef’s kitchen.
Debbie Hunn, an urban expert at Williams Trew, has priced No. 902 417 West 7th at $359,000.00
Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, and in books and publications including D Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and D Home has included him as one of Dallas’ Best Designers for 10 years. Having lived most of his life in Dallas, he now calls Fort Worth home and is one of our experts on beautiful Fort Worth Dirt.