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Old 07-25-2009, 02:34 PM
Location: Funky Town, Texas
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:58 PM
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Kdogg, I don't get it. Why was this a big mistake? What is in the area now?
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:04 AM
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Angry Tearing down the Medical Arts Bldg.

The old Medical Arts Bldg was on West 7th Street where Burnett park is now. It was very innovative when built. It had built into the walls a natural ventilation system.
There were worn dark green marble floors in Doctor Mal Rumph's office. With the ceiling fan going it was cool and the hum would put you to sleep on his leather couch in the waiting room.

The owners of the building decided it would cost too much money to air Condition and renovate the building as the natural vents created a fire hazard. So they tore down that fine old building that would have lasted 300 years, and made it a parking lot. My father, who had worked in that building as an electrician a few times, was horrified when they tore it down and he morned its loss. He considered it one of the best built. solid buildings in down town Fort Worth. It just goes to prove how stupid our tax laws are ... to waste all of that engineering, labor and materials.

To see it, search the net for "Fort Worth ... the way we were". "1941 W.D. Smith view of Skyline and west 7th Auto Row". The tall building to the right of the picture was the Medical Arts Bldg. Gas was 3 cents a gallon then.
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:10 PM
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I agree with kdogg. I went looking for pictures of this building to show my 22yo son. We now live in downtown FW and took a long walk around town with him today looking at the architecture. I was telling him about a building that was brought down when I was about 12... That was the Meducal Arts building. I wrote a letter that was published in the Star-Telegram protesting it's demise. I'm glad that FW has been more responsible about restoring the treasures we have here... Sundance Plaza (thank you, Bass brothers!) is a lively addition to a beautiful city.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:09 AM
Location: Dallas, TX
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Wow.... What a beautiful and substantial old building it was! I'm glad FW has saved so much of its other older urban treasures!
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