Land Title Block, watercolor by Bror Utter
You’ve probably seen it a hundred times, but familiar landmarks take on a different resonance — at different times, through different artist’s viewpoints. They gain detail and depth.
This Saturday, historian and author Quentin McGown is presenting a free lecture, “Architectural History Preserved Through the Artist’s Eye: A Study of Bror Utter’s 1957 Fort Worth Landmarks Suite” at the Amon Carter Museum at 11 a.m. It’s the same day the museum opens the exhibition, Fort Worth Landmarks in the 1950s: Watercolors by Bror Utter.
The exhibition includes 17 paintings of some of Fort Worth’s iconic structures, including the Knights of Pythias Hall and the Old Post Office. The Victorian-era building shown above — located at Fourth and Commerce — began life as the Land Mortgage Bank, but by the time Bror Utter painted it, it was home to a popular downtown cafe.
Which is much like what it remains: You may know it as the Flying Saucer Emporium.