tma-cha architects

The Adventure of Building My Office

It was 14 years ago that I bought a piece of property on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Near Southside neighborhood of Fort Worth.

I was hoping to build an office for my three-person architectural firm. To do that, we had to remove four buildings and three cars. Afterwards, I found the property had several beautiful, mature pecan trees and had a clear and unobstructed view of downtown Fort Worth – that was from the ground level.

It is now 14 years later and it has been an amazing ride. My mixed-use building has apartments for rent on the second floor. The rent on those apartments has gone from 85 cents/SF to $1.25. I even developed a matching mixed-use building on Tucker and sold it to an engineering group.

All of the characters who lived in the surrounding spaces are gone, and I am surrounded by dull medical clinics, and an ever-expanding JPS Hospital.

Sometimes, you have to pause and realize how quickly things have changed. We survived the 2008 to 2010 debacle, seen amazing growth in North Texas, and now have eight people in our architectural firm.

Today, I can only see the top of the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. Did I mention it’s been an amazing ride?