New Fort Worth Luxury Hotel to Give Camp Bowie What It’s Long Lacked — an Inside Look at Bowie House Hotel’s Vision
T.The former location of The Ginger Man, a long-time Fort Worth hangout best known for its extensive beer selection, was destroyed in the summer at 3716 Camp Bowie. A new boutique hotel – the Bowie House Hotel – will be built in its place.
Fort Worth City Council gave its final approval for the project at the council meeting on Tuesday evening. The zoning change was approved by the zoning commission last week.
The four-story, 120-room boutique hotel has a lobby, unique restaurants, library, bar, spa, and fitness center on the ground floor. The guest rooms, a pool terrace and event rooms are spread over the upper floors. The hotel will cover more than 35,600 square meters.
Fort Worth is in a prime location near the intersection of Camp Bowie and Montgomery Streets. Many museums in the cultural quarter are within walking distance and the new Dickies Arena is just a short drive away. However, Jo Ellard, owner of the Bowie House Hotel, is most pleased about the proximity to the Will Rogers Equestrian Center.
Ellard, who lives in Dallas, spends about a third of the year in Fort Worth. She’s a staple at most National Cutting Horse shows and events, so she’s very familiar with Fort Worth and this part of town specifically. She is building the luxury boutique hotel she has longed for – the one she believes is missing from the mix.
“There are lots of beautiful properties downtown, but none in Fort Worth’s cultural district,” Ellard told PaperCity Fort Worth. “The Will Rogers Equestrian Center is fully booked all year round and has events from cutting horses to AQHA to paint horses. Horse people are in town for about 80 days a year, and all of these people fill the mid-range hotels, but there is simply no one-of-a-kind high-end hotel nearby. “
To be clear, Jo Ellard doesn’t just “go to” horse shows. She was also the youngest person to be inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame as a rider. She was president of the organization in 2015 and 2016 – and currently trustee of the NCHA Charities Foundation. Ellard founded EE Ranches in Whitesboro in the mid-1980s and spent her career raising, training and competing horses.
Currently, the Bowie House Hotel, which is still under construction, is an independent hotel, but the project is only in the early design phase.
“It’s a very classic style. Our goal is to break new ground in the first quarter of 2021. I promised the neighborhood that we wouldn’t turn a shovel until after the holidays, ”says Ellard. The Bowie House Hotel is expected to open in the third quarter of 2022.
“Fort Worth is becoming a destination city because of its identity and culture,” says Ellard. “A property like this puts visitors in the middle of the cultural district and will help catapult the unique shops and restaurants along Camp Bowie.”
The project team consists of project manager CBRE, design director and interior designer Wilson Associates, lead architect BOKA Powell and engineering partners from Dunaway Associates.
“We are proud to be working with the Ellard family on this milestone in Fort Worth,” said Don Powell, Partner at BOKA Powell Architects. “Bowie House will cater to Fort Worth’s most discerning clientele by providing first class, bespoke service in an elegant setting that reflects the city’s signature charm and sophistication.”
“The design really speaks to the charm of the area,” said Michael Crosby, design director and principal of the Dallas-based studio of Wilson Associates. “This will be a complement to the neighborhood, with privacy screens and lots of greenery.”
The concept is based on The Chancellor’s House, a similar development in Oxford, Mississippi, on which Wilson Associates worked with developer Tom Stone, who is also the developer of the Bowie House Hotel. The project will appeal to similar customers and offer upscale accommodations, amenities and restaurants.
“The Bowie House Hotel will have a colonnaded lobby with an inviting fireplace,” says Crosby. “The dining room will have an impressive facade facing Camp Bowie Boulevard, with 112 seats and another 50 in the bar area.” The relaxing library can also be used for smaller functions.
The Bowie House Hotel’s signature restaurant has a central private dining table. Rendered by Michael Crosby.
Guests can access the infinity pool from the pool deck on the second floor. The pool will be unique in that its water feature spans two stories and flows into the inner courtyard, creating a dramatic wall of water. Some private verandas in the room also open onto the raised outdoor terrace.
There will be a private function room and a roof terrace on the top floor. “From this point of view, you have a prime view of the museum district and the city center beyond,” says Crosby. “The fourth floor is evenly divided between guest rooms and function rooms, but separated so that the two don’t mix.”
The parking garage for the hotel’s valet service will be positioned underground and out of sight.
In addition, the design includes 11 exclusive, three-story townhouses that surround the hotel to the west and north. This corner is effectively enveloped and the project is integrated into the surrounding neighborhood. Bennett Benner Partners will act as the architect for the row houses.
Four of these townhouses will return directly to Dorothy Lane while seven more will be on the Clarke Avenue side. Although none of them actually point to the street. Instead, they are accessed via a private alley.
The on-site townhouses for sale share the luxurious amenities of the hotel. Each townhouse has its own two-car garage and overlooks the hotel’s large courtyard. “They’ll be looking out at the lush greenery with its trees and paths so that the hotel and townhouses relate to each other,” says Crosby.
Overall, the Bowie House Hotel and the townhouses will give the architecturally significant cultural district both attractive hospitality and an upscale living component.
“This project reflects the increasing attractiveness of Fort Worth for real estate developers looking to invest in high quality hotel and residential properties,” said Mark Dabney, Principal and Market Leader of Fort Worth at BOKA Powell. “We believe Bowie House will continue to raise the profile of the Fort Worth hospitality market and appeal to both business and leisure travelers who appreciate the city’s vibrant economic opportunities and cultural treasures.”