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Oldest school in Fort Worth attended by Ginger Rogers is up for rent

Oldest school in Fort Worth attended by Ginger Rogers is up for rent

Stephen F. Austin Elementary School
Who wouldn't want to office here? Photo courtesy of TransWestern

A  former Fort Worth elementary school once attended by Ginger Rogers is available for rent.

The Stephen F. Austin Elementary School is now dubbed "The School at Lipscomb," and has served as an office building since it stopped being a school in 1977.

The 21,548-square-foot two-story office building is at 319 Lipscomb St., and is being leased by Transwestern Real Estate Services.

Transwestern principal Whit Kelly says in a statement that the building's rich history offers a one-of-a-kind setting.

"Opportunities for single or multi-tenant use are extraordinary, and the design of the schoolhouse only supplements the tenant experience within the unique space," Kelly says.

The school was built in 1892 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It's the oldest standing school building in Tarrant County, and was named to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Famed golfer Ben Hogan and actress Ginger Rogers both attended the school.

Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. purchased the building in 1980 and used as its corporate headquarters until 2020, when the company moved to its current headquarters at 509 W. Vickery Blvd.

The campus features

  • multiple expansive executive offices with private restrooms
  • conference rooms
  • catering kitchen
  • walkable outdoor green space with room for amenities
  • original chalkboards in most offices
  • ample parking

Large arches framing the recessed entries are complemented by hardwood floors, antique glass, original doors, and wainscoting.

"The Schoolhouse on Lipscomb served the needs of our employees for decades," says Philip Williamson, former CEO of Williamson-Dickie. "It is truly unique, has a fantastic feel and offers a glimpse into the past, while meeting all the needs tenants might require in today's world. We are excited for the possibility of a new tenant enjoying the space, just as we did."