The Tower stands as the tallest residential building in Fort Worth and has a noteworthy history that makes it one of the most unique residential landmarks in downtown.
The octagonal shaped structure was originally designed for the Fort Worth National Bank by John Portman, an architect from Atlanta. When constructed in 1974, the magnificent bank featured a five-story atrium in its core and stood 454 feet tall and 37 stories, making it the 5th tallest building in downtown Fort Worth. The building stood tall until it was heavily damaged in 2000 by the March 28th tornado that swept through the downtown area. Efforts immediately began to reconstruct the bank building. However, costs to renovate became prohibitive and demolition was halted. For over one year, the skyscraper was clad in either plywood or metal panels.
On February 4, 2003, a local developer, TLC Realty Advisors, announced plans to convert the building into apartments laying way for a new residential community that now includes 315 residential for-sale condominiums and features four "Super Penthouses” on the top two floors. In addition to the residential units, a new facade was installed on The Tower and a new square base constructed that added 60,000 square feet of retail space. The rooftop addition, designed to house new mechanical systems, adds 34 feet to the height of The Tower, bringing its total height to 488 feet. It also pushes the building up to the 4th tallest in the city. Tenants moved into the building in late March 2005 and retail tenants opened in September 2005.