Jett Building: For the Electric Interurban, It Was Ohm Sweet Ohm

In 1902 Northern Texas Traction Company began operating its interurban electric trolley service between Fort Worth and Dallas. But before that service could begin, much work had to be done—right-of-way procured and graded, track laid, poles set, electric lines strung, cars built and delivered. And, of course, NTTC would need a Fort Worth headquarters building.

jett site selected 8-19-01 regIn August 1901 Northern Texas Traction Company announced that it had bought a building on Main Street at 3rd. NTTC paid $7,500 for the three-story Jett Building. Clip is from the August 19 Register.

jett moving in 4-23-02 regOn April 23, 1902 Northern Texas Traction Company announced that it was moving into its new offices in the Jett Building. Clip is from the Register.

Some views of the Jett Building:

jett north face 2014jett south sidejett mural 2014The best-known detail of artist Richard Haas’s mural (1985) on the south side of the building facing Sundance Square Plaza. Note the 1877 courthouse.

jett cornerHaas’s wallwide mural (left wall in photo) includes trompe l’oeil simulation of three-dimensional architectural details of the building’s east wall (right wall in photo).

jett top detail

jett corbellingDetails of the east wall.

jett fountain capital panelRestoration of the building brought this delightful new feature: a fountain whose basin evokes the cowrinthian capitals atop the columns (bottom photo) of the main post office.

Other posts on streetcars, subway cars, and the interurban:

A Muletide Gift for Cowtown: Mass Transit

Cowtown Underground: “All Aboard” the M&O Subway

Roll Model: All Aboard the Crimson Limited (Part 1)

To Big D and Back on Electric Avenue

 “All Aboard the ‘Live Wire Way’! Next Stop: Cleburne”

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