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About our place

Three Danes Inn is locally owned and operated by Darlene and Erna Marks, along with Darlene's spouse, Jim Johnson. We are located in Fort Worth's Historic Southside. What a history this place has seen!


The Maxwell-Liston House (a Texas Historic Landmark Home) was built in 1904 by Charles Maxwell. In 1907, the house was sold to James Liston, a saloon owner and operator in Fort Worth's infamous "Hell's Half Acre" just southeast of downtown. Liston came home late one night in 1917, bringing with him the receipts from his bar's business that day. Tragically, he was shot and killed on the back porch, in front of his terrified wife, by a gang of men who had stolen a car for their getaway. All involved in his killing were eventually caught and sentenced to prison. Following his death, the Liston family remained in the house until 1941. One of the bullet holes is still visible today, just inside the entrance to Three Danes Baking Company, that currently operates in a commercial kitchen at the back of the home. 


Lovingly restored, the house includes five guest rooms. It features several original architectural elements of Queen Anne-Victorian houses of the era: a corner turret; a wrap-around porch; and the wreath-and-scroll decorative work in the front gables.

Who are the Three Danes of the name? They are the Marks family, including Erna Marks, a Dane who moved to Texas with her spouse in the 1960s. Her daughter, Darlene, still uses many Danish family recipes in the bakery. And a Danish spirit guides the inn, too.


Hygge, a Danish word that means to "create a cozy environment where one can enjoy life's simple pleasures with family and friends," serves as our guiding principle for hospitality. Our wish for you? To feel at home during your stay and to take a little hygge with you when you leave.

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We offer five rooms for adults only, each with its own private bath. Four are located upstairs, and one is adjacent to the dining room downstairs. Each room is unique in its design and offerings.  

What we offer


Three Danes Inn is a great place to relax and unwind. Guests have access to two living areas, our expansive porch, or our patio areas complete with outdoor tables and chairs.  There is a self-service refreshment bar located upstairs that provides coffee, hot tea or water, free of charge for our guests, 24 hours a day.

While we don't offer televisions in our rooms, we do provide high-speed wireless internet at no additional cost for those traveling on business, or guests wanting to stay connected with family and friends during their time with us.  

Book your room today and see what hygge is all about!

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Location, Location,


Located in the Near Southside, Three Danes Inn is within walking distance of dozens of restaurants, shops, breweries and bars, in addition to being only minutes from Downtown.  Entertainment opportunities include live theatre and music in and around South Main Village and in the Fairmount-Southside Historic District, which includes Magnolia Avenue. 

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