1921 TO THE PRESENT
In 1921, construction began on Ku Klux Klan Klavern No. 101’s
auditorium as a monument to hate and terror. Then—as well as now—members of targeted cultural groups needed to pass the building to access the North Side and surrounding areas when traveling to and from downtown Fort Worth.
The building was a daily reminder of power and politics; the looming edifice was yet another form of policing behavior, movement, culture, and proving again how architecture is capable of violence.
Ku Klux Klan Klavern No. 10 begins construction on sit (then known as 1006 N. Main Street) an auditorium with a seating capacity of 2000 people. The building was designed by Earl Glasgow and destroyed by fire when it was either bombed or suffered an electrical fire.
Ku Klux Klan Klavern No. 101
rebuilds the damaged building
with five tall windows on the
front facade and a scenery fly
loft in the rear for theatrical
performances, including racist,
sexist, and anti-immigrant
The building was sold to
Leonard Brothers Department
Store and was subsequently
used as a concert hall, a
wrestling arena, and a shelling
and packaging warehouse
space for Ellis Pecan Company.
The building was purchased
by Sugarplum Holdings, L.P.,
a group of private investors,
to be used as the rehearsal
studios for Texas Ballet Theatre.
What if, instead of destroying the building, we could transform this monument to hate into a beacon of truth-telling, reconciliation, and healing?
This building is a spatial manifestation of our national legacy of violence and racial terror. As the United States moves towards dismantling systems of oppression, this project is an opportunity to declare our collective agency in designing a just future for all.