Former Dickies HQ in Fort Worth’s Near Southside open for leasing
Former Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing headquarters, located in Tarrant County’s oldest schoolhouse, is in the corporate leasing market and is uniquely located in Fort Worth’s popular Near Southside.
The historic two-story building at 319 Lipscomb Street has original boards in many offices, according to Transwestern Real Estate Services, which announced it is the exclusive leasing agent.
Built in 1892, Stephen F. Austin Elementary School welcomed children until 1977. Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. renovated the space for their corporate headquarters in 1980. The company moved to 509 W. Vickery Blvd. around. earlier this year.
“It’s truly unique, has a fantastic feel and a glimpse into the past while meeting all of the needs renters need in today’s world,” Philip Williamson, former CEO of Williamson-Dickie, said in a statement. “We are very pleased that a new tenant will enjoy the space as much as we do.”
The property is a prime location for a corporate office, particularly in the biotech or health sciences, said Mike Brennan, president of Near Southside.
Near Southside is the Fort Worth medical district and a large number of biotech research companies. The district is being marketed as a technology center under the iter8 Health Innovation Community brand. The hub promoters want a tech company to anchor startups in a room near the medical corridor. The schoolhouse that became the company office could be perfect for this, Brennan said, noting that the property’s north lawn offers an opportunity for expansion.
The building is in the Vickory Village area of Near Southside, where residential and nightlife has increased significantly. Several apartment complexes are within walking distance of the property, which is a short drive from Interstate 30 and Interstate 35W. The popular Twilight Lounge is to the northwest and the bowlounge recently opened to the north on West Vickery Boulevard.
“While it’s not as prominent on the radar as Magnolia or the South Main Village, it’s another urban village bag that has all the ingredients and more options,” he said.
The Texas Arts Commission designated the Near Southside as a state cultural district in September.
The 21,548-square-foot building, renamed according to The Schoolhouse on Lipscomb, has a catering kitchen and large executive offices with private toilets, according to Transwestern. The building is Richardson Romanesque style architecture with large arches framing recessed entrances. The interior has many original doors, antique glass and wooden floors.
It was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Transwestern director Whit Kelly and associate Dallas Margeson represent the owner.
“This historic building offers a unique opportunity to rent a beautifully designed space in a submarket that has seen incredible growth in recent years,” said Kelly.
Luke Ranker covers the interface between people and government, centered around Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties. He came to Texas from the Kansas plains where he wrote about a great deal including government, crime, and the Topeka courts. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or [email protected]
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