|Mural at Sundance Square, FT. Worth|
Our family has long favored Ft. Worth over Dallas. Its broad, brick streets, lively downtown, connection to the cattle industry, cowboy culture, and art scene appealed to my West Texas heritage and my husband’s laid back nature. With a son attending TCU, many trips were made across the Metroplex but it had been ten years since the last visit. Changes were notable while, gratefully, the charm remained.
The Cultural District, owned primarily by the City of Ft. Worth, continues to expand its contrasting architectural wonderland. Previous museums were designed by some of the world’s best known architects - Louis Kahn’s near perfect original Kimbell museum, Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie’s addition to the Amon Carter Museum, and Tadao Ando’s serene Modern Art Museum. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s building, opened in 2009 with south of the border tones by the father and son team of Ricardo and Victor Legorreta of Mexico City, acknowledges the area’s Hispanic beginnings. Add in the newest addition to the Kimbell Art Museum’s by Renzo Piano, opened in 2013, and you have a very eclectic campus, a kind of “World Fair agglomeration” as Dallas Morning News Architecture writer, Mark Lamster, would call it. He concurs you can get a real overview of modern design in a very short space. Go for the architecture and stay for the art.
|Montgomery Ward Development|
replacing the aging 100 year old bridge.
|New Sundance Square|
I can’t note the changes in the last 10 years without mentioning a wonderful coffee house in Southside, another emerging urban design district south of downtown. Avoca Coffee Roasters was named one of the best places for coffee in Dallas by D Magazine. You read that right. Dallas coffee shop owners were not happy to have a Ft. Worth coffee house win that distinction. As you may recall, I’m very particular about my cappuccinos. Our Avoca’s barista knew what she was doing and I was served a strong cappuccino with perfect proportions - worth the short drive from downtown.
The good news is all the great draws of Ft. Worth are still there - the beautiful Bass Performance Hall, Ft. Worth Zoo (far superior to Dallas’), Japanese Gardens, free downtown Sid Richardson Western Art Museum, Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Food, the Historic Stockyards, Cattlemen’s Steak House, TCU football, etc. With its plans for Urban Villages and Design Districts, Ft. Worth’s forward thinking should keep it worth many more visits, even if they’re spaced a decade apart.