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…)

Lancaster Loft

Though I’m sure my editor would take issue, procrastination has its advantages in this case, turning up an outstanding listing less than 24 hours old.

And what a value. If you imagined downtown loft living only attainable for a king’s ransom, be prepared for a shock a two-bedroom, two-bath loft in a historic complex in a full-service building, chock full of amenities, for the very affordable price of $235,000.  Texas and Pacific Lofts on Lancaster includes the 1931 art deco railroad terminal as well as an adjacent mid-rise structure next to it. Our listing is on the fourth floor in the newer, 2006 building which has access to all of the amenities of the older, listed building.

Lancaster Loft

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Built in 1931, the Texas and Pacific building has tons of ironwork and charm, which made it a perfect candidate for redevelopment.

I love redeveloped historic properties, and it turns out Curbed’s Chris Berger and I share that passion. He’s covered some really interesting buildings, including a jail-turned-luxury-apartment-building! But one of the more recent focuses of his Past Lives column is the Texas and Pacific Lofts in Fort Worth, which is pretty incredible in its own right.

This stunner, which was originally constructed in 1931 and redeveloped by Wood Partners in 2006, was — gasp! — wrecking ball fodder at one time! It was saved, obviously, and now has a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you want to find you’re own spot in this lovely building, which has its own tavern and is super close to commuter rail, there are a few for sale, including this penthouse-level loft for just $158,900.