Part of the Dallas/Forth Worth area, Forth Worth, Teaxs has a long and storied history all its own. The Fort Worth skyline is not known for tall skyscrapers but the architecture reflects a variety of styles dating back to the mid 1800s. Once considered a cow town, Fort Worth was home to meat packing houses, flour mills, tanneries, cotton mills and other industries. Settled in 1849, Fort Worth was incorporated in 1872. The population has grown steadily since the turn of the Twentieth Century and today Fort Worth is home to over nearly 700 thousand people.
One of the most striking aspects of the Fort Worth skyline is the preservation of older structures. While many cities have relegated older buildings to the wrecking ball, Fort Worth is chock full of buildings that have survived over the years. The preservation of historic buildings can only have the effect of enhancing the character of the city. Fort Worth saw a building boon during the early part of the Twentieth Century. The increase in construction reflects the rapid growth in population that occurred between 1900 and the 1930s. The population of Fort Worth was estimated to be around 26,000 in 1900, expanding by a factor of 7 to approximately 160,000 in 1930.
The tallest building in Fort Worth, Burnett Plaza was completed in 1983. Standing almost 570 feet tall, the Burnett Plaza is considered a skyscraper in the classic sense of the term. The 40 floors of the Burnett Plaza provide the largest single office building space in the city.
Wells Fargo Tower
The Wells Fargo Tower briefly stood as the tallest building in Fort Worth. Rising some 477 feet above Commerce Street, the tower features a modern, angular design. The gleaming glass and steel exterior ensures the Wells Fargo Tower a prominent place along the Fort Worth skyline.
The D.R. Horton Tower
One of the tallest buildings along the Fort Worth skyline, the Horton Tower rises over 540 feet the City Center plaza. The sister building to the Horton Tower, Chase Texas Tower is just over 530 feet tall. Together the dark glass exteriors make these two buildings real standouts along the Forth Worth skyline.
The oldest steel frame building in all of Texas, the Flatiron Building represents a classic example of Renaissance architecture. Opened in 1907, the Flatiron Building hold a very important distinction as the burial place of William Jenkins Worth, the man for which the city is named.