First Impressions

Seen around town, formal entrances to subdivisions, a park, a cattle baron mansion, a university, a stockyards, and a cemetery:

entry columns oakhurstThe entrance of Oakhurst (1924) on Sylvania Avenue. Oakhurst was developed and marketed as a “garden suburb” just minutes from downtown by John P. King, as in the King Candy Company.

chase east gate bikeThe entrance of Chase Court (1906) on Hemphill. The single block of Chase Court is the earliest documented planned subdivision in the city.


Entrance to the Jennings-May-St. Louis neighborhood on Lowden Street at Hemphill Street.

entry columns elizabeth west gatesThe west entrance of Ryan Place at 8th Avenue. Ryan Place was the first restricted residential development in Fort Worth. Developer John C. Ryan Sr. envisioned Fort Worth as “the oil center of the southwest” and wanted Elizabeth Boulevard to be “the residence section of oil men located here.”

entry columns elizabeth east gates1The east entrance of Ryan Place at College Avenue. The first house on Elizabeth Boulevard, the W. T. Fry home at 1112 was built in 1911. The gates were erected that year.

The entrance to Ryan Place on 6th Avenue at Jessamine Street.


Entrance to Park Hill on Winton Terrace West.

Standing like a “vast and trunkless leg of stone” from Shelley’s “Ozymandias” is this lone surviving column at the eastern entrance to the Mount Vernon subdivision on the East Side.

stone forest park gates 2Forest Park (Pollard, 1918).

first impressions stockyards columns at 26thNorth Main Street entrance to the Stockyards area (1902) at 26th Street.

first impressions stockyards exchangeEntrance to the Stockyards on Exchange Avenue (1902).

Winfield Scott’s Thistle Hill (Sanguinet and Staats, 1904).

I had never noticed TCU’s formal entrance as I drove through the campus on University Drive: always too busy trying not to commit freshmanicide at the student crosswalks.

cemetery pioneer's rest entrancePioneers Rest Cemetery.


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