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The Flat Iron Building, Fort Worth Texas and NYC

THE FLAT IRON BUILDING
Ft.Worth, Texas

1907
Architects : Sanguinet and Staats

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Fort Worth Texas Flat Iron Building
Fort Worth's Flat Iron Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2005
Carl Staats had worked with J. Riley Gordon in the 1890s.1891 to 1898 to be exact. Staats joined forces with Marshall R. Sanguinet right around the turn of the century in Fort Worth and they opened a branch office in Houston in 1903.

The building was commissioned by Dr. Bacon Saunders to be a professional building. It was doubtlessly influenced by the 20 story, 1902 New York City Flat Iron which Dr. Bacon had seen while visiting there. What else are you going to do with a triangular piece of land? The cost of the building was $70,000. Saunders was a Surgeon and a Dean of the Fort Worth Medical College. He had a laboratory built on the top floor, with a pharmacy on the ground floor.

Beautifully detailed panther heads are incorporated into the design above the second floor. The building had been vacant for over 20 years before its recent restoration. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is also a Texas Historic Landmark.

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Fort Worth's Flat Iron Building detail
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Fort Worth Texas Flat Iron Building Panther gargoyles
 
Two of the Flat Iron's decorative panthers
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