T&P Station

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Texas and Pacific Station
TRE and TEXRail commuter rail
Texas and Pacific Terminal Complex.jpg
T&P Passenger Terminal in 2014
Location 221 W. Lancaster Ave.,
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
United States
Coordinates 32°44′45″N 97°19′43″W / 32.74583°N 97.32861°W / 32.74583; -97.32861Coordinates: 32°44′45″N 97°19′43″W / 32.74583°N 97.32861°W / 32.74583; -97.32861
Owned by Trinity Metro
Line(s)
  TEXRail
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Trinity Metro Routes 4 (M-Sat), and 6 (M-Sat)
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking 351 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Architect Wyatt C. Hedrick
Architectural style Art Deco, Skyscraper
Other information
Fare zone Western TRE Fare Zone
History
Opened 1931 (T&P), December 3, 2001 (TRE), December 31, 2018 (2018-12-31) (preview service), January 10, 2019 (2019-01-10) (revenue service)
Closed 1967
Rebuilt 1999 (station building)
Services
Preceding station TRE logo.png Trinity Railway Express Following station
Terminus Trinity Railway Express Fort Worth Central Station
Preceding station Trinity Metro Logo.svg Trinity Metro Following station
Terminus TEXRail Fort Worth Central Station
Former services
Preceding station Burlington Route Following station
Saginaw
toward Denver
Colorado and Southern Railway
Main Line
Dallas
toward Houston
Texas and Pacific Terminal Complex
Texas and Pacific Terminal Complex is located in Texas
Texas and Pacific Terminal Complex
Texas and Pacific Terminal Complex
Texas and Pacific Terminal Complex is located in the United States
Texas and Pacific Terminal Complex
Texas and Pacific Terminal Complex
Area 10.7 acres (4.3 ha)
Built 1928 (1928)
NRHP reference # 78002983[1]
RTHL # 5243
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 26, 1978
Designated RTHL 1980

Texas and Pacific Station, commonly known as T&P Station, is a terminal Trinity Railway Express and TEXRail commuter railroad station is located at 1600 Throckmorton Street in Fort Worth, Texas, on the south side of downtown. It is the current western terminus of the TRE commuter line, serving the Fort Worth Convention Center, the Fort Worth Water Gardens, Sundance Square and Tarrant County government facilities. T&P Station features free parking (unlike the nearby Fort Worth Central Station) which can be accessed from West Vickery Boulevard.

History

The current Texas & Pacific Station building was built by the Texas and Pacific Railway. It opened on October 25, 1931,[2] as a replacement for an earlier station.[3] It was originally listed at the address, 221 W. Lancaster Avenue.[4] It was designed in the Zigzag Moderne Art Deco style popular at the time. The opulent lobby features marble floors, metal-inlaid panel ceilings, and nickel and brass fixtures, incorporating the zigzags and chevrons distinctive of the style. The terminal facilities also included the larger Texas & Pacific Warehouse one block to the west, built in the same style as the station.

During the heyday of American passenger railroading, the station was also served by trains of the CB&Q (through the subsidiary Colorado and Southern Railroad), Fort Worth and Denver Railway, Missouri Pacific, Katy, and Frisco Lines.[5] Other railroads, such as the Santa Fe and Rock Island Lines, stopped at the nearby Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Passenger Station.[6] The station declined along with the rest of the Lancaster Avenue area when the elevated portion of Interstate 30 was built in 1958, effectively separating the area from downtown. The railroad vacated the terminal in 1967 when passenger service in Fort Worth ended, dispatching offices remained on the third floor until November 1, 1981, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development became the exclusive tenant from the early 1980s until the late 1990s.

The passenger area of the station, which had not been occupied by HUD and was virtually untouched since 1967, was restored to its former beauty in 1999 at a cost of $1.4 million. Passenger service resumed at Texas & Pacific station on December 3, 2001 with the TRE's extension into Fort Worth.

Future plans

The demolition of the elevated highway in 2002 opened the Lancaster Avenue area for redevelopment. The upper floors of the T&P station have been renovated and are available for purchase as condominiums. The building's facade also underwent renovation and a new parking facility was built on the south side of the building. The historic diner on the ground floor was renovated and converted into a bar called the T&P Tavern. The T&P Warehouse building has not yet been renovated and is currently vacant; in July 2007, after nearly four years of negotiations, the city of Fort Worth contracted with Dallas developer Cleopatra Investments to begin residential development, slated for completion in 2012. However, economic conditions and construction-related issues have delayed the project.[7]

Photo gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Roark, C. and Williams, B. (1995) Fort Worth's Legendary Landmarks. TCU Press. p. 173.
  3. ^ 1909 Postcard of former Texas and Pacific Passenger Station, Fort Worth, Texas (Wikimedia Commons)
  4. ^ The Great Union Stations, 'Fort Worth's Passenger Trains of the Past' https://www.chicagorailfan.com/stbcftw.html
  5. ^ 'Official Guide of the Railways,' National Railway Publication Company, August 1936, Index of Stations
  6. ^ Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. June 1941.
  7. ^ Baker, Sandra.[1] "T&P Warehouse owners are given another extension", July 7, 2011, accessed September 7, 2011.

External links

  • TRE - T&P Station
  • The Texas and Pacific Railway Railfans Depot - News Archive
  • Architecture in Fort Worth: Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal
  • Architecture in Fort Worth: Texas & Pacific Warehouse
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