Tax Credit Program Highlight: Hunter Plaza Apartments

Fort Worth, Tarrant County

1951

Designation

Listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Use

Apartments

Current Use

Mixed-income apartments

Total Rehabilitation Cost

$30,963,801

Qualified Rehabilitation Expenses

$20,400,839

Date Certified

July 14, 2017

 

Certified for state and federal credits.

History

The Hunter Plaza Apartments were originally constructed as the Fortune Arms Apartments, the first multi-family residential building in downtown Fort Worth. The building is also significant as an early, post-WWII interpretation of the Modern Movement within the city. The Fortune Arms was notable not only for its design, but also its function—targeting singles or childless couples, with many conveniences provided in the ground floor retail spaces, where residents could even buy pre-cooked dinners. Unfortunately, the development was not successful in the long-term, and by 1967 the building had come into the ownership of the Fort Worth Housing Authority, which converted it into senior housing.

Rehabilitation Project

The Housing Authority operated the building as low income housing until health and safety concerns forced a closure in 2010. This created the opportunity to rehabilitate the entire building, after several years of planning. The new project was a whole-building rehabilitation, including masonry and structural repairs on the exterior, conversion of the first floor from FWHA offices back to leasable retail spaces, and reconfiguring and upgrading all apartments. Individual apartments were enlarged, reducing the overall number of units in the building, while retaining the historic corridors and elevator lobbies on each floor. A new parking garage was also constructed, placed sensitively behind the historic building.

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  • The exterior of the building was cleaned and subject to extensive mortar repairs, but was unaltered. A new garage was constructed to the rear, designed to blend in and be minimally visible. (Photo courtesy of Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture.)