Wednesday, January 21, 2009

6421 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth 76116

I've always wondered about this building at 6421 Camp Bowie, and Cosmic Cool sheds some light on it. Turns out this building was designed by the Houston architectural firm of MacKie & Kamrath and constructed in 1956-57, this building was originally home office headquarters for Commercial Standard Insurance Company.


Anonymous said...

Karl Kamrath was one of the leading Houston architects in the 1950s and 1960s, designing public and commercial buildings as well as many estate-size residences. He designed another building on Camp Bowie that was later demolished.

He was a noted follower and friend of Frank Lloyd Wright. Much of his work is Wrightian in plan and detail.

His biography can be found here:

Anonymous said...

Lyndon Johnson (as a senator) attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to open this building to the public.

There is a plan to build a bank building on the corner of the property where the current monument sign is located. This will block the sweeping view of the front facade the architects intended. The lot was subdivided when the building was sold by Ellis and Tinsley 2 years ago.