Northside High School – Fort Worth ISD

Phase I included a one-story, 20,000 square foot addition on the northeast side of the existing Zigzap Moderne high school constructed in 1937, under the Works Progress Administration.

According to Ms. Judith Cohen, author of Cowtown Moderne, “this building was rated by architects and educators as one of the most beautiful school buildings in the Southwest.”

Our site planning, organization and detailing were all respectful of the existing buildings architectural character. The scope of work included a new band hall, science, vocational and general classrooms. We carefully matched existing limestone colored brick, black brick banding, and cast stone detailing. Interior walls and wainscot were selected to match the existing paint and ceramic patterns. We also incorporated a cast stone panel (depicting a chiseled longhorn head) above the new east entrance doors. The significance of this effort was that the original artist, Evaline Sellors, had designed and cast this extra panel in 1936. It finally found a resting place in our new addition.

Phase II included a 2-story classroom addition and library, that expands the school while maintaining the exterior Art-Deco style. The project looked to maintain and disrupt existing site conditions as little as possible, while accommodating the building and parking expansion program.