Woltz, Robert Pratt, Jr. (1905–1993)


By: Andrew Klooster

Type: Biography

Published: April 12, 2021

Updated: April 12, 2021


Robert Pratt Woltz, Jr., architect, son of Robert Pratt Woltz, Sr., and Jemina “Jennie” E. (Brown) Woltz, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 16, 1905. Woltz was the second of three children, with an elder sister, Pauline M. Woltz, and a younger brother, James Woltz. The elder Woltz worked as a real estate agent which likely influenced his son’s choice of career as an architect. Woltz attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1935. By 1937 he had returned to Fort Worth and began practicing as a licensed architect. Furthermore, upon returning to Fort Worth, Woltz married Francis Laura High sometime before 1940. The couple had a daughter, Francis Pauline Woltz, on May 2, 1945.

Woltz became an integral part of the Fort Worth architectural community both through his work designing buildings in the city as well as his commitment to establishing various professional organizations to support and bolster his field in Texas. He helped found the Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and he was a charter member of the Texas Society of Architects where he also served as a president. Woltz also fostered professional talent within his own workshop, notably Lucian T. Hood, who went on to make a name for himself designing homes in Houston. Woltz’s contributions to architecture came through the physical buildings he designed as well as through his efforts toward the institutionalization of his profession in formal organizations.

A member and judge in the American Camellia Society, Woltz’s personal and professional interests dovetailed when the opportunity arose for him to design the Texas Federation of Garden Clubs group headquarters in 1959. Now a permanent feature of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the building is described by the state historical marker placed there in 2011 as a “one-story ranch style building [featuring] an elongated form, low-pitched roof with overhanging eaves, a sandstone and redwood exterior, and open interior spaces.”

 Robert P. Woltz, Jr., spent his entire career as an architect in Fort Worth. He eventually retired and died at a Fort Worth nursing home on December 18, 1993. He was eighty-eight years old when he died and had outlived his wife, Laura, by eight years. He was buried in Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 20, 1993. Lucian T. Hood, A.I.A. Architectural Papers, University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. Stephen James, “Attention to Detail: The Architecture of Lucian T. Hood, Jr.” Houston History Magazine, November 14, 2017. Dewey G. Mears Photograph Archive, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History.

Categories:
  • Architecture
  • Architects
Time Periods:
  • Texas Post World War II
Places:
  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Fort Worth

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Andrew Klooster, “Woltz, Robert Pratt, Jr.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 10, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/woltz-robert-pratt-jr.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 12, 2021
April 12, 2021

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