2014 AIA FW Homes Tour
April 26th & 27th
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
One of the most anticipated events of the year, the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be hosting its third annual Homes Tour 2014, showcasing outstanding residential architecture in the Fort Worth area designed by local architects.
Continuing its successful partnership with Frank Kent Motor Company as the Tour’s Title Sponsor and 360 West Magazine as the Tour’s Media Sponsor, the four homes on this year’s Tour exhibit a variety of living accommodations and architectural styles, all demonstrating the value that architects can bring to residential projects. This year features homes by Bennett Benner Partners, FIRM817, Fender Architects and this year’s ‘test of time home” – a mid-century modern classic by John Wesley Jones Architect.
Advance tickets go on sale in early April at the Center for Architecture, and can be purchased at the Center and at each of the homes during the weekend of the Tour. Wristbands for the tour are good for both days of the tour.
- $20.00 Discounted ticket price good for all homes (available through April 25th)
- $25.00 Regular ticket price good for all homes (April 26th – 27th) at any of the homes or the Center for Architecture.
- $10.00 Ticket price for individual home (available April 26th – 27th only) at any of the homes or the Center for Architecture.
Proceeds from the AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour support the variety of programs offered to the public throughout the year at the Center for Architecture in Fort Worth, and has quickly become one of the Chapter’s most important – and exciting – outreach programs.
Along with the tour, a Homes Tour Launch Party has been planned on the Thursday evening before the tour to thank and honor the architects and owners who have volunteered their time and homes for this year’s tour. The event is being graciously hosted at he Rosenthal Residence April 24 at 6:30. You can find more information and RSVP For the Launch Party Here.
Bennett Benner Partners
2327 Colonial Pkwy
|This home is prominently located overlooking open space. Inspired by the craftsman tradition of the Midwestern United States this home utilizes an oversized porch to greet guests and create a covered outdoor area for both enjoying the expansive views and gathering in anticipation of the annual golf tournament. Upon entering the home the craftsmanship of woodwork and attention to detail greet you and open passageways direct the visitor to circulate through formal sitting and entertaining areas toward the rear of the house where a casual sitting room focuses on a fireplace and the private court beyond. Landscaping and grade create a secluded urban retreat protected from the summer sun as well as winter gusts. The upstairs accommodates two en-suite bedrooms and a private sitting area for guests. The basement houses an ever expanding wine collection as well as an area for entertaining.|
6232 Genoa Rd.
|This 1960 Ranch Style house underwent a complete remodel with a small addition. The homeowner’s desire was to maintain the character and scale of the house as viewed from the street while updating the interior to serve current living patterns. The plan was reconfigured with only 50 square feet added for a master shower. Taller ceilings and new high windows were added at the kitchen to bring more daylight into the space. Mirror, placed opposite the high windows, reflects light inward. Two skylights were added to bring natural light into the heart of the house. Millwork was used to define spaces and to support functional needs. A new system of details, materials and colors were introduced to the house for simplicity and clarity. The Ranch Style proves to be very adaptable to today’s living needs.|
Fender Architects (Architect’s Abode)
311 Bryan Ave. #203
|The 1910 Miller Manufacturing Building is an excellent example of early twentieth century reinforced concrete construction, but an even more intriguing example of early twenty first century urban living. The industrial concrete exterior gives little clue to the interior’s uniquely proportioned living spaces with spectacular views of downtown, 16 ft. tall walls for the display of art and objects, all of which is illuminated by diffuse northern light via the ten foot tall operable industrial metal windows. Through careful placement of furniture, a cozy private bedroom and a generous living room were created within the 915 sq. ft. space, allowing optimal viewing of art and objects, which could only be hung on the interior gypsum board walls. The combination of antique furniture, oriental rugs, concrete walls, tall ceilings, art collection and views of downtown make for a truly unique urban living experience.|
John Wesley Jones, Architect (Test of Time Home)
1928 Kensington Dr.
John Wesley Jones was a founding member of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His residential designs from the 1950’s through the 1980’s dot the Fort Worth landscape with structures that seem to grow out of the landscape, in harmony with their physical and cultural context. This house, tucked away on a wooded lot above the Forest Park swimming pool, has had only a few owners, all of whom respected the architecture of the house, resulting in minimal changes through the years. This house is evidence that John Wesley Jones design has withstood the test of time, and that sound, residential design principles will last long beyond any stylistic preferences.
FRIENDS OF THE TOUR
Teague Lumber Company
Check out a video from last year’s Homes Tour.