Event Gallery Exhibit: Restoration of the Tarrant County Courthouse Clock Tower

March 17, 2014 (All day)

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Location

Center for Architecture
801 W. 12th Street
78701 Austin , TX
Phone: 512.452.4332

The American Institute of Architects Fort Worth held their annual Design Awards in October 2013 at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Of the 33 projects submitted by local architects, jurors James Timberlake, FAIA; Mel Lawerence, FAIA; and Matt Fajkus, AIA, singled out 5 projects to receive 5 Merit Awards recognizing exceptional excellence in design. Arthur Weinman Architects, AIA, received a Merit Award for  restoration of the Tarrant County courthouse clock tower.  We are excited to have this photographic exhibit on display at the Austin Center for Architecture!

 

From AIA FW:
The 1984 Restoration outdid itself on the building exterior, interior, details and finishes. But the only money left for the tower furnished all-thread, new window sashes, structural “pookey” and lots of paint. A 400 lb. piece of the clock tower balustrade, fasteners loosened by corrosion, blew off on May 29, 2010 making a sizeable hole in the copper roof of the Courthouse.

Thus began restoration of the 1895 Tarrant County Courthouse Clock Tower. Work commenced in 2010. We proposed doubling the landmark tower’s lifespan – all restoration design, planning and materials were selected to endure another 115 years. Tarrant County was true to their word and gave the team directions and resources to design the restoration with no compromises. Historic materials were used where possible, reproductions as required, and the best technology possible for longevity – all approved by the THC. The Owner wanted interior and exterior to have a “new, but old look”. Restoration was completed June 16, 2012.

 

From Arthur Weinman Architects:
This project is for complete and total restoration of the 116 year old clock tower.  Project design work commenced five years ago when a 400 lb. piece of cast iron work fell off and made a hole in the roof.  Work includes masonry restoration, cast iron restoration and replacement, structural steel restoration, historic window restoration, copper work restoration and replacement, historic clock restoration, and triple water proofing through design and materials of all exterior materials.

The project goal is sufficiently high quality work to endure for the next 116 years with usual public building maintenance. The project was completed last June, 2012 for $3,880,000 within budget and on schedule (excepting weather days).