Oldest school in Fort Worth attended by Ginger Rogers is up for rent

A former Fort Worth elementary school that was once attended by Ginger Rogers is available to rent.

Stephen F. Austin Elementary School is now called The School at Lipscomb and has served as an office building since it was not a school in 1977.

The 21,548 square foot two story office building is located at 319 Lipscomb St. and is rented from Transwestern Real Estate Services.

Transwestern director Whit Kelly said in a statement that the building’s rich history provides a unique backdrop.

“The options for single or multi-tenant use are exceptional, and the design of the schoolhouse only complements the rental experience within the unique space,” says Kelly.

The school was built in 1892 in the Romanesque Richardson style. It is the oldest standing school building in Tarrant County and was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Famous golfer Ben Hogan and actress Ginger Rogers both attended the school.

Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. bought the building in 1980 and served as corporate headquarters until 2020 when the company moved to its current headquarters at 509 W. Vickery Blvd. moved.

The campus has

  • Several spacious executive offices with private toilets

  • Conference rooms

  • Catering kitchen

  • walk-in green space outdoors with space for amenities

  • Original boards in most offices

  • ample parking space

Large arches framing the recessed entrances are complemented by wooden floors, antique glass, original doors and paneling.

“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’re excited about the opportunity for a new tenant to enjoy the space as much as we do. “

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