Tax Credit Program Highlight: Hotel Texas

Fort Worth, Tarrant County



Individually listed in the National Register, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Historic Use


Current Use


Total Rehabilitation Cost


Qualified Rehabilitation Expenses


Date Certified

December 12, 2016


Certified for state tax credits only.


Constructed in 1920, this 14-story structure occupies one city block in downtown Fort Worth. It was designed by Fort Worth architects Sanguinet and Staats, with associate architects Mavran, Russell and Clowell from St. Louis, in an eclectic mix of styles, including Chicago School, Renaissance, and Georgian. The building is clad in red brick with terra cotta accents. Hotel Texas is an integral element of Fort Worth’s skyline, representative of the skyscraper era that flourished during the state’s early oil boom. Notably, the Hotel Texas hosted President John F. Kennedy on the night of November 21, 1963, the day before he was killed in Dallas.

Rehabilitation Project

Two phases of a larger project to revamp the interior of the hotel have now been completed. The hotel has been altered numerous times in the past and retains little historic fabric, although it is still considered to be a historic property. In the first phase, all guest rooms and guest floor corridors received new wallpaper, flooring, and other finishes, along with updated communication systems, and repairs to wood trim and wall materials. Mechanical systems in other parts of the building were also updated. The second phase focused on ballrooms and meeting spaces, with upgrades to finishes, lighting, and audio visual systems. Future phases will upgrade the lobby and bar areas.

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  • Hotel Texas is best known as the place where JFK stayed the night before he was killed.