Wiley G. Clarkson, Architect

Corsicana:  June 1908 to Dec. 1911

Fort Worth: Jan. 1912 to May 5, 1952

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The Unknown School that is No Longer Unknown

When I first started digging into my grandfather's records, I found four black and white negatives in a format I had never seen before in the bottom of a box.  For a long time, I thought this might have been an early school project by my grandfather.  However, I never could find any additional info that indicated it was a new school he had designed.  I just called it the Unknown School.  Recently, an architect I met on line who has a fondness for my grandfather's architecture figured out the mystery.  He wrote me and told me what he thought including identifying the directions of the photos.  A week ago (1st week of June, 2014), I was in Fort Worth and went by the school location and made my comparisons.  He was dead on target.  They are photos of the old Arlington Heights High School just off Camp Bowie Blvd.  This school was actually built in 1909 and designed by Sanguinet & Staats, an architectural firm in business in Fort Worth before my grandfather became a part of the then Waller & Field firm in 1912.  The photos were probably made in 1922 or 1923 and were used as positioning photos for a new high school that my grandfather was about to design for the school district.  The new high school was used for less than three years before becoming a part of the Fort Worth School District.  The 1923 building is still in use today.  The interior has been restored to its original construction as much as possible and there is a plaque in the hallway near the gymn entrance that bares the name of my grandfather.  Thank you Mark Travis for your help in solving the mystery.  I have left this page on my web site, even though my grandfather did not design the school, because the photos do give a rather nice look at the past.