464 Bailey Office Building
- Fort Worth, Texas25,000 SFBeck – Architect of Record Beck – Architect
The Beck Group provided architectural services for the redevelopment of 464 Bailey. Today, the two-story Class-A office building enhances the emerging mixed-use area in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.
The notable Fort Worth architect Preston M. Geren Jr. designed the building in 1954. The facility hosted several uses throughout its life, including serving as the home to Thomas S. Byrne (original contractor for the Kimbell Art Museum). Despite years of neglect, the building’s key features remained in place and were a starting point for the new design.
After studying the building closely, the design team discovered that Geren had designed the structure to support a second floor. They quickly decided to preserve the floor plate and expand skyward for additional square footage.
The addition is an extrusion of the first floor, cast upward to accentuate the existing form. Due to decay, much of the existing building was removed during demolition. However, the masonry and stone walls were saved to be featured in the new design.
The design team also preserved the site’s mature trees by designing the addition to engage closely with them. The most notable example is the two-story glass volume enclosing the south stairs. This volume engages with the largest tree on site, heightening an occupant’s experience as they travel up and down the stairs. A rooftop terrace over the building’s entry also takes advantage of the tree’s nurturing shade with views of downtown Fort Worth.