Historic Fort Worth school pitched for new office digs

A Fort Worth landmark is available as a new office location.

The two-story building south of the city center was built in 1892 as a primary school. The building housed offices for Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., the legendary clothing company, for years.

Now the Romanesque-style Richardson building – called The Schoolhouse on Lipscomb – is being offered for rent to other corporate tenants.

“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 Whit Kelly of commercial real estate firm Transwestern in a statement. “The possibilities for use by one or more tenants are exceptional, and the design of the school building only complements the rental experience within the unique space.”

The red brick and stone building is the oldest surviving school building in Tarrant County and has been on the US National Register of Historic Places since 1983.

Dickies occupied the property from 1980 until recently when it moved to a building on nearby Vickery Boulevard.

“The Lipscomb schoolhouse served the needs of our employees for decades,” said Philip Williamson, former CEO of Williamson-Dickie. “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. We are very excited about the possibility that a new tenant will enjoy the space as much as we do. “

When the building was still a school, legendary golfer Ben Hogan and actress Ginger Rogers took lessons there.

The historic building is equipped with conference rooms and a catering kitchen. Most of the offices have original boards. The building has wooden floors, antique glass, original doors and paneling.

Transwestern’s Kelly and Dallas Margeson are marketing the property.

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