1920-1930: A decade of new growth

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p>In  the 1920’s YMCA officials realized the temporary spaces they had been using were not adequate for the programs and individuals being served in Fort Worth.  A capital campaign was begun, with the goal of raising $350,000 in 35 days.

The Fundraising Clock

Clock indicates Funds Raised

Soon, plans were made to build a new building in Fort Worth, and the construction began in 1924.  The cornerstone was laid at an official ceremony presided by Amon G. Carter, Sr. for the building that would become the Downtown YMCA, and later be named after his son.

YMCA Cornerstone Ceremony, 1924

Amon G. Carter, Sr. speaks at the cornerstone laying in 1924

That building is the same one still in use by the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA. In 2009, the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA held a Grand Re-Opening to celebrate a nearly $3 million renovation.

2009 Remodel - DT

The Remodeled Downtown YMCA Still Has the Original Walking Track

DT y Banta 2009

Families enjoy the newly remodeled Downtown YMCA

Now, both families and working professionals from Fort Worth’s business core enjoy the state-of-the-art equipment juxtaposed with historical architectural details of the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA’s  1924 building.

A far cry from the stately activities held in the 20s in the lobby of the newly built Downtown YMCA.

Checkers, 1920s

Gentlemen enjoy a relaxing game of checkers at the Downtown YMCA


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Welcome to the blog celebrating the 120-year history of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. In this blog, we will have information for those interested in history, Fort Worth or the YMCA – month by month, decade by decade.

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