Davidson Hotels & Resorts has been tapped by Development Services Group (DSG, Inc.) to manage the Kimpton Harper Hotel, a new hotel slated for opening in spring 2021. Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, the 226-room Kimpton Harper is operated by Davidson’s lifestyle and luxury division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, and housed within the historic Farmers and Mechanics National Bank landmark building. Upon completion, the hotel will feature Refinery 714, a penthouse bar and lounge; Il Modo, a restaurant and bar serving Italian fare; 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and a rooftop observation deck with a 360-degree view of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth’s history was shaped by cattle and oil, growing from a military garrison to a major trading post along the Chisholm trail to a booming oil town. Built in 1921, the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank building most recently served as the headquarters for XTO Energy. DSG acquired the historic building in November 2018 with a plan to complete an adaptive reuse of the office building into the Kimpton Harper. Once standing as the tallest building in Fort Worth for several decades, its design is a hallmark example of the Commercial or Chicago style of architecture that was popular during this boom era, symbolizing commerce, optimism, and prosperity. Updated for the 21st century, the renovation blends modern elements with the existing architecture, infusing the urban icon with laid-back soul through luxury materials and subtle details.
Photo: Courtesy of Kimpton Harper