Fort WorthFor those that look for character and history when they seek out a place to lay their head, abodes like the loft we found at the Texas & Pacific Lofts in Fort Worth is a great example of what they can find.

The 12-story building, located at 220-221 West Lancaster Avenue, had its first life as the Texas and Pacific Railway Passenger Terminal and corporate offices. Built in 1930 and designed by Wyatt C. Hedrick (who later merged his Fort Worth firm with Sanguinet & Staats), the terminal and offices featured architectural and design details you expect from the 1930s — Zigzag Moderne Art Deco style with marble floors, metal-inlaid ceilings, nickel and brass fixtures, and terrazzo flooring in places as well.

The building fell dormant as travelers left train travel for air and road travel, but by 1978, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and preservationists lobbied in the 1980s to save it from demolition. (more…)

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10300 Strait Lane was razed, and Dallas’ new demolition delay wouldn’t have done a thing to save it.

We’re still reeling from the loss of 10300 Strait Lane, a gorgeous Bud Oglesby-designed modern on one of the most beautiful streets in Dallas, so you can imagine how heartening it was to read Robert Wilonsky’s post announcing that the Dallas City Council voted to approve a demolition delay. The new law is intended to help slow the process that allows property owners to acquire permits and raze historic buildings in a matter of a few days.

I have to say that it’s a grand idea, with a wonderful intent, but will it work?