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The Tower

500 Throckmorton Street
Fort Worth TX United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count38
Units / Rooms315
Building Uses
 - residential
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof488 ft

Architect: John Portman & Associates

• Building was hit by a tornado, 28th March 2000.

• The blownout window panels were covered over, as a temporary measure, with sheets of plywood. This method was deemed to be a fire hazard and the plywood was eventually replaced with steel sheet metal.

• The cost to demolish the building was considered to be too prohibative because of the use of asbestos in the original construction. Likewise, rehabiliation would be expensive for the same reason. So, the building sat vacant for a number of years and was referred to as the "Block 82 Tower" in reference to it's city parcel designation.

• In the fall of 2003, plans to rehabilitate the Tower were underway and included a new energy efficient green-tinted glass facade, a new ground level podium structure offering better pedestrian access and luxurious residential condominiums and apartments.

• The structure, which was Fort Worth's first downtown skyscraper when it was completed in 1974, will gain 2 new occupiable floors (which were previously used for mechanical space) and have a new two-floor penthouse above that (36+2=38 total). The ground level will be redeveloped into commercial space. The project is expected to cost $65 Million including $16 in city and county grants.

• The building should be ready for occupants by January 2005 according to Emporis.

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John Portman & Associates - Architect

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