Industrial urban chic — wow that sounds like a grunge band from the early 1990s if ever there was one. I’m pretty sure I had that CD. But that’s exactly how I’d describe the transformation of this Fort Worth warehouse.
Manufacturing to Printing to Loft Living
In 1926 the Dickson-Jenkins Manufacturing Company built a warehouse located at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and East Vickery Boulevard, just south of Interstate 30 in Fort Worth. The three-story building served as a manufacturing plant until sometime in the 1960s when it became a printing shop for the Branch-Smith Printing Company.
Sitting vacant for a number of years, the building has recently been transformed into 21 loft condos with office and local retail spaces on the first floor. It’s opening signified the dawn of industrial urban chic living in Fort Worth.
Dickson-Jenkins Lofts And Plaza
This particular unit at 120 St. Louis Avenue #203 is an 1,152-square-foot, single-bedroom, one-and-one-half-bathroom, open-concept loft that is now on the market for $285,000 by Susanna Gorski Bartolomei of Williams Trew Real Estate.
The condominium features the industrial look-and-feel of the original structure with exposed concrete pillars, metal air conditioning ducts and large windows that allow for an amazing view of the Fort Worth skyline.
With residential lofts on the second and third floor of the Dickson-Jenkins building, the first floor is for light-and-local commercial. An open courtyard is also part of this project – allowing for urban foot-traffic and open-air congregating.
Goal of Industrial Urban Chic
The goal of this development is to house local businesses, residents and offer a place to enjoy gathering and socializing all within a walking environment. Especially in these Great Quarantine times the need for proximity, proper socializing and community is so important and necessary.
Industrial urban chic is here to stay in Cowtown. More and more buildings are being turned into mixed-use dwellings, office, and retail spaces. Projects such as this are gaining traction and popularity with buyers of all ages.
Imagine a life of no yard work, no exterior upkeep or maintenance, walking to get a cup of morning coffee or meeting with friends in an open-air courtyard … can you imagine it? It’s a reality in the Dickson-Jenkins Lofts and 120 St. Louis Avenue #203.