Historic Fort Worth
1110 Penn St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Established in 1969 and honored in 2009 with the Texas Historical Commission’s Governors Award in Preservation, Historic Fort Worth, Inc. (HFW) is dedicated to preserving Fort Worth’s unique historic identity through stewardship, education and leadership. HFW is the steward of two historic houses within the Quality Hill neighborhood, the 1899 Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House and the 1904 Wharton-Scott House known as Thistle Hill. HFW’s administrative offices are on the second floor of McFarland House, 1110 Penn Street. The main floor serves as a historic house museum, and the lower level is a resource library comprised of books, photographs, surveys and thousands of files on historic buildings in Fort Worth. McFarland House is available to the public for tours, rentals and research.
HFW’s main tourism property is Thistle Hill at 1509 Pennsylvania Avenue. Adjacent to two major hospitals and with a lot of 1.5 acres, today, Thistle Hill’s park-like grounds comprise the largest green space in the Medical District. On weekdays HFW makes the grounds available at no charge to the family members of patients, the medical staff, and the general public. A children’s tactile and fragrance garden was installed in 2008, and a week-day food truck park was added in 2013. The carriage house, one of only two urban, transitional, carriage houses remaining in Texas, was built for both horses and cars and includes stalls, feeding troughs, a cooling yard, garage bays and a hand-crank gas pump. Thistle Hill is available to the public for tours and rentals. Other HFW programs include membership tours of private and public buildings, and programs on restoration and property management, historic property research, marketing of endangered properties, preservation courses for developers and Realtors, preservation awards, tours of the city for special conferences, public appeals for threatened properties, survey updates, and façade
In 2013 over 100,000 friends, members and constituents engaged with Historic Fort Worth, Inc. through memberships, community programs, as tourists, and at fundraising events like Preservation is the Art of the City®, the Hidden Gardens Tour of Fort Worth, and holiday events. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, everyone is invited to join at www.HistoricFortWorth.org. For more information please contact us.
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