The Stockyards National Historic District—a popular attraction in town—also has received a facelift that will enhance the experience for groups in the area with the addition of the 200-room Hotel Drover, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel with 40,000 square feet of unique indoor and outdoor event space. The property—which opened in 2021—anchors the Stockyards Heritage Development Co.’s multi-million-dollar renovation of historic Mule Alley in the Fort Worth Stockyards which includes shops, eateries, creative workplaces and live entertainment venues.
The Hotel Drover in historic Fort Worth, Texas is a unique property that reinterprets rustic Lone Star style with an elegant twist. The high-profile property is the most recent addition to California-based Majestic Realty’s redevelopment project in Fort Worth’s historic entertainment district. The company first partnered with Hickman Cos. of Fort Worth on the project in 2014, when real estate icon Holt Hickman was starting to craft a legacy plan for the 70 acres he owned in the Stockyards.
His son and daughter wanted to do more than typical preservation, and they sought Cavileer’s help. A public-private partnership was formed between Majestic, Stockyards Heritage Development Co., and the City of Fort Worth to take the project to the next level.
Tom Ruzika, of The Ruzika Company, lead the lighting design team for the Mule Alley renovation and Hotel Drover exterior lighting design.
Lighting Design: The Ruzika Company
General Contractor: Commerce Construction
Mechanical Engineer: Blum Consulting Engineers
Photography: Ruehle Photography | Xueying Chen | The Ruzika Company
Mule Alley and the historic Fort Worth Stockyards transition during the holiday months with an ice skating rink, sounds of the season, and festive activities and lights.
Guests can journey through a district-wide Western wonderland complete with dreamy lighting and decor. Stroll down East Exchange Avenue and Mule Alley, where every tree is lit, light poles wrapped in garland and ribbon, and garland and lights can be found decorating Cowtown Coliseum, the Exchange Building, Stockyards Station, and even the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze.
Mule Alley takes on a shimmering look during the holiday season with the addition of holiday decor and additional lighting.