Welcome to the iconic “Tanglewood Lighthouse Tower”. Completed in the spring of 1974, the 9-story lighthouse today features 6 individually themed luxury suites, the 8th floor cocktail lounge, and a 9th floor observation deck located just below the white/green rotating beacon.
The tower and beacon can be seen for miles across the Oklahoma and Texas shores of Lake Texoma.
The tower structure is basically unchanged since 1974 with the exception of a new elevator in 2016 and remodeled suites and all new HVAC system in 2018.
The suites décor honors historical entertainment icons such as Elvis Presley, James Bond, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, Silver Screen Legends, and Western Legends.
Please enjoy your stay in this small slice of North Texas history designed by O’Neil Ford.
O’Neil Ford was an American mid-century modern architect in Texas and the American Southwest. Considered one of the nation’s “best unknown architects,” his designs merged the modernism of Europe with the indigenous qualities of early Texas architecture.
Ford was influenced by the tradition of the English Arts and Crafts Movement and its attempt to combine architecture and visual arts with space and place. A strong preservationist, his structures were composed of brick, glass, and wood, and were intimately tied to their settings. Ford partnered with Tom Slick to pioneer use of the Youtz-Slick “lift-slab” method of building construction. He enlisted his brother, Lynn, a master carver and sculptor, to create custom doors, screens, and louvered grates.
Among Ford’s other accomplishments are the main campuses of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas; as well as the designs of the Little Chapel in the Woods at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas; the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio’s Hemisfair Park; and the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas.
Ford was an ardent champion of historic preservation and, in 1968, was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the National Council on the Arts. Additionally, in 1974 Ford himself was designated a National Historic Landmark, the only individual to ever be given that title.