Details for Survey Form

Atlas Number 3002003978


Texas Historic Sites Inventory 1982

Serial Number NRS82-14021
County Tarrant
City/Rural Fort Worth
Name North Side Junior High School - J.P. Elder Middle School
Address 709 NW 21st Street
Owner Ft. Worth Independent School District
Owner Address 3210 W. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX
Block/Lot N. Ft. Worth Addn., Block A-2
USGS Quad Number 3297-431
Site Number NN-10
UTM 653-3628 310 42
Date: Factual 1927
Date: Estimated
Architect/Builder W.G. Clarkson
Contractor Butcher & Sweeney
Style/Type Eclectic/Jacobean
Original Use School
Present Use Same
Description A very large two-and-one-half-story school, with raised basement and two full stories. U-rectangular plan, paired windows separated by buttress piers, projecting end-bays and central entrance bay with Tudoresque arch, massive cast-stone surround with pediment surmounted by turret-like piers flanking central cont. of arches. Walls clad in polychromed brick, cast-stone belt-courses and coping.
Present Condition Good; >> cont .
Significance J.P. Elder Middle School, originally called North Side Junior High School, was built in 1927. Renamed for John Peyton Elder, a retired Swift & Co. executive and Board of Education member, the two and a half story structure was designed by Wiley G. Clarkson, an architect known for his school designs in period revival styles. Construction of the building was completed by Butcher and Sweeney. Polychrome brick and cast-stone trim clad the two stories over a high basement. The U-plan features a central entry bay with a cast stone Tudor arch framed by turret-like piers. A Tudor Revival parapet with battlements of >> cont .
Relationship to Site: Moved No
Relationship to Site: Moving Date
Relationship to Site: Original Location Yes
Relationship to Site: Describe Part of three-school complex >> cont .
Bibliography Fed. Writer's Project, Clarkson Monograph, School Archives, Park Dept. Notes, Leon >> cont .
Recorder Woody Minor
Date 9 September 1985
Designations: TNRIS No.
Designations: THC Code Number
Designations: RTHL No
Designations: HABS No
Designations: HABS Number
Designations: NR Individual No
Designations: NR Historic District No
Designations: NR Thematic No
Designations: NR Multiple Resource No
Designations: NR Filename
Designations: Other
Photo Data: B&W 4x5's 1
Photo Data: Slides Yes
Photo Data: 35mm Negatives No
Continuation >>PRESCOND>> ceilings inside lowered for air conditioning-windows partially enclosed. >>SIGNIFICNS>> cast stone caps the front elevation. Complementing the earlier North Side High School (NN-9) across the street, the school is one of a three-school complex in Circle Park. Though its ceilings have been lowered, enclosing the upper two-thirds of the windows, the building has survived otherwise intact. >>RELATDESCR>> in park-like hilltop setting. >>BIBLIOGRAF>> Mitchell, Jr. letter.

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