John and Leslie Enlow updated their Medford Ct. home with the help of architect Norman Ward creating a modern space in the 1950’s bungalow in Fort Worth. (Photo: Ralph Lauer)

We’re pretty excited about the AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour this weekend, as it features some lovely homes in some of our favorite areas of Cowtown. From Park Hill, Ridgelea, and Overton Park to the Cultural District and beyond, this year’s tour offers so many great homes to ogle. 

And here at, we’re giving you a chance to see these gorgeous and innovative homes for free! Want to win tickets to this year’s AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour? Find out how after the jump!


John and Leslie Enlow updated their Medford Ct. home with the help of architect Norman Ward, creating a modern space in the 1950s bungalow in Fort Worth. (Photo: Ralph Lauer)

If you think Cowtown is full of milquetoast architecture, you’ve obviously never been to the annual Fort Worth AIA Home Tour. This year’s event, slated for April 7-8, features some intensely creative homes in some of Fort Worth’s most desirable neighborhoods. 



River HillsIf 3849 Riverhills View Drive in the River Hills addition looks strangely familiar, it’s because this architectural gem appeared in our coverage of last years’ annual Fort Worth AIA tour.

Well known for an extensive portfolio of high-profile commercial and civic commissions, including the gates and addition to Will Rogers Arena, Caruth Hall at SMU, and the Beth El Congregation, this house is a rare residential project by the firm of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford.


tarrant county clock tower

Join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fort Worth chapter tonight as they tour the historic and recently renovated Tarrant County Courthouse clock tower.

The event is free for AIA members, $25 for nonmembers, and begins at 6 p.m. at 100 East Weatherford St., Fort Worth. The clock tower is part of the Tarrant County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built from 1893-1895 and designed by the architecture firm of Frederick C. Gunn & Louis Curtiss.

This pink Texas granite building, in Renaissance Revival style, recently had a $4.5-million, 14-month renovation, completed in 2012. Local officials rededicated the structure at that time, which closely resembles the Texas State Capitol, except for the clock tower.

Click here to register for the event. Evening parking in the county garage on Calhoun at East Weatherford Street is free. Entry is from East Weatherford going south.



Need something to do tonight? Take advantage of AIA Fort Worth’s free Design Talk at University of Texas at Arlington’s Fort Worth Center featuring Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster.

Mark-Lamster-051513Lamster, who is also a professor at UTA, will discuss “the challenges of urban planning and development in Dallas specifically and Texas and the United States more broadly, looking especially at preservation, justice, and sustainability,” in tonight’s lecture. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

I am sure there will be plenty of words said about the recent spate of teardowns in downtown Dallas and the preservation community’s response to the razing of historic buildings. Lamster has frequently decried Dallas’ car culture and has taken many jabs at the Arts District luxury highrise Museum Tower. That’s all to say that you shouldn’t forget your popcorn tonight.

You can find out more about this evening’s event, as well as other free Design Talk lectures hosted by AIA Fort Worth, on the organization’s website. Better yet, sign up for their newsletter.



If you have a spare hour tonight, head over to the UTA Fort Worth Center at 7 p.m. for a free talk by historian Quentin McGown on how Frank Lloyd Wright has influenced North Texas architecture. McGown, who has written books about the built history of Fort Worth, will examine the Wrightian hallmarks you can still find throughout Fort Worth and how this style continues to influence architecture today.

AIA Fort Worth is hosting this presentation as part of their “Design Talk” series.

We asked McGown, a sixth-generation Texan, a few quick questions about his research. Jump to find out more.


You can see the artful interiors of 3813 W. 5th St. during the AIA Fort Worth 2015 Tour of Homes.

You can see the artful interiors of 3813 W. 5th St. during the AIA Fort Worth 2015 Tour of Homes.

Sure, Fort Worth has a treasure trove of Craftsman architecture on display during the Fairmount Historic District Tour of Homes, but did you know that this city is flush with stunning modern treasures that will knock your socks off? It’s true, and you can peruse them during this year’s AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour April 25-26 from noon to 6 p.m.