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Street Smarts: Architect David M. Schwarz

Street Smarts: Architect David M. Schwarz

WTTW host Geoffrey Baer (right) with architect David M. Schwarz.

 

WTTW host Geoffrey Baer (right) with architect David M. Schwarz.

WTTW host Geoffrey Baer (right) with architect David M. Schwarz.

Photo Credit: Ken Garrett

He grew up in the middle of Los Angeles suburban sprawl, was educated at Yale, and opened an architectural office in Washington, D.C. But David M. Schwarz made his biggest mark in north Texas.

Architect David M. Schwarz’ work is as eclectic as his life experience. Looking to heal the harms of sprawl, rapid growth, and the challenges American cities have faced for decades, Schwarz nearly single-handedly revitalized the downtown of Fort Worth, Texas. In partnership with businessman Ed Bass of the noted Texas Bass family, Schwarz has spent the last 30 years executing a master plan for Fort Worth which puts the “town” back in Cowtown, including dozens of new buildings and a central plaza called Sundance Square.

Schwarz’ desire to fit in with his architectural neighbors has realized a downtown that more than one commentator has described as looking as if it has been there forever. The success of his work in Texas has led to commissions for concert halls, ballparks, and stadiums across the country that draw on the traditions of American architecture from the late 19th century through the 1940s.

Explore the life and work of David M. Schwarz.

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