Old Town Keller was the “original heart” of Keller and a public gathering place. It was situated on the Texas and Pacific Railroad, and U.S. Highway 377 ran through it, going from Fort Worth to Denton. Keller was named in honor of the railroad foreman John C. Keller.
Containing some of the oldest buildings in Keller, Old Town Keller reflects a small Texas town of the early 1900s with charming light fixtures and homes. Modern artwork lends a vibrant upscale touch in the downtown district.
As part of the showpiece, we created an activity area for youths that features orange talk tubes, dance chimes (center foreground) that play as you jump on them, and a giant outdoor chess board with lightweight pieces.
Chic metal barriers with bubble cutouts provide a sense of enclosure but still allow motorists to walk freely to their cars. The raised planters, brickwork, and railway-theme gateways add to the ambiance.
From the landscape perspective, the promenade featured a variety of paving patterns, brick pavers, and areas for rotating or permanent pieces of art. The sidewalks were widened and fencing was placed next to the freeway for added protection of pedestrians.
Today it is energetic and diverse. Besides being named one of the top 100 places to live in America, recent awards have included a spot in D Magazine’s “Top 20 Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Suburbs,” mentions in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” lists, recognition as an “Emerging Art Town” by Southwest Art Magazine, certification as a Scenic City by the Scenic Texas organization, and third place among the “Top 10 Most Notable High-Growth Areas in the Country,” according to the Gadberry Group.