The Blackstone Hotel, today officially called the Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone, is the tallest hotel in Fort Worth and an excellent example of Art Deco architecture. The 22-story building reaches a height of 268 feet and its most notable feature is the setback massing that starts on the 14th floor. It was built by wealthy rancher C.A. "Gus" O'Keefe in 1929 and has hosted several American presidents and celebrities including Harry Truman and Elivis Presley. It remained in operation under different names until 1982. It then sat vacant for about 15 years before it was restored in the late 1990s and reopened in 1999.


  • The Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone was built in 1929 and is a fine example of Art Deco architecture.
    The Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone was built in 1929 and is a fine example of Art Deco architecture.
Yandell, Roger L. et al. "Blackstone Hotel." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 2, 1984.  https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/84001961/84001961.pdf.

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