Abilene Preservation League

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We are passionate about Preservation!

Mission: The Mission of the Abilene Preservation League is to preserve historic properties and promote preservation

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to C. in Architest: What style am I?Abilene's first permane...
02/26/2020

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to C. in Architest: What style am I?

Abilene's first permanent high school building opened January 6, 1890 on the same block where Abilene Heritage Square (Lincoln Middle School/1923-1955 Abilene High School) is now located. The Victorian Romanesque building, built at a cost of $10,000, and characterized by its decorative, polychromatic exterior and heavy masonry features in the chimney, balcony and corner buttresses, "Generated great pride among the townspeople." This building was demolished in 1924.

Photograph courtesy of HSU Historic Photograph Collection.

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to B. in Architest: What style am I?William Cameron & Compa...
02/19/2020

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to B. in Architest: What style am I?

William Cameron & Company, the lumber firm in whose safes early Abilenians probably kept their first excess funds, organized a bank in the fall of 1883. It was an Italianate Commercial building highlighted by decorative window heads and enriched modillion brackets at the cornices. The building was accented by cast iron framing the storefront on its narrow Pine Street facade. The building at North Second and Pine continued in use by various businesses until the block was cleared for redevelopment as the Showcase Square shopping area in 1961.

Photograph courtesy of Abilene Reporter-News.

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to A. in Architest: What style am I?The Jail House, built i...
02/12/2020

📖 Did you read our Winter 2020 newsletter? Here's the answer to A. in Architest: What style am I?

The Jail House, built in 1895,is a grand example of a Richardsonian Romanesque Building. It is characterized by the heavy design, large rounded entry arch and rough-cut masonry work. This jail was used until a new one was built in the late 1930s.

Photograph courtesy of Abilene Reporter-News.

12/23/2019
Friends,As you shop this Christmas season🎄, please consider purchasing gifts through the Abilene Preservation League’s A...
12/04/2019
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12/03/2019
11/25/2019
The Abilene Preservation League recognized Annabel House as its 2019 Abilene Art Awards Volunteer of the Year. Willing a...
11/18/2019

The Abilene Preservation League recognized Annabel House as its 2019 Abilene Art Awards Volunteer of the Year.

Willing and cheerful, Annabel has helped guarantee the work of the Abilene Preservation League continues. As treasurer, she offers the organization prudent and dependable service. As a trustee, she offers years of wisdom on the APL board as well as other nonprofit boards. It's difficult to imagine the League achieving success without Annabel.

Thank you, Annabel! 👏

Enjoy the benefits of annual membership, and the satisfaction of protecting and enriching our community through historic...
11/15/2019
Join - Abilene Preservation League

Enjoy the benefits of annual membership, and the satisfaction of protecting and enriching our community through historic preservation.

Membership benefits include:
• Newsletter and notices
• Advocacy alerts and email marketing messages
• Advance invitations and discounts for League events
• Exclusive member-only lectures, tours and outings
• Discounts on event rentals at The Elks

Join Today! 🔗 → https://www.abilenepreservation.org/join/

Join Abilene Preservation League Together, we can save Historic Abilene’s buildings, mansions, residential structures! Get Involved! Abilene Preservation League is an organization where members, volunteers and staff work hand-in-hand. To save many Abilene buildings, mansions, residential structure...

Q & A with League Vice President Laura Wardroup Fiercely loyal, gregarious, and a fixer, Laura Wardroup currently serves...
11/13/2019

Q & A with League Vice President Laura Wardroup

Fiercely loyal, gregarious, and a fixer, Laura Wardroup currently serves as the Vice President of the Abilene Preservation League. A licensed interior designer by trade, she recently lent her skills to the APL’s Preservation Awards Keystone Event by decorating the dinner tables. Laura was born in Monahans and has lived in Midland, as well as, Peru, for two years. She attended Texas A&M University and transferred to the University of North Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Laura enjoys old movies, yard work and being around water in just about any form.

Q: As a licensed interior designer, what is a big red flag when it comes to interior design?
A: The most dreaded words I hear are, “I was watching Fixer Upper and thought I could...”

Q: It’s been said that you’re an open book. Is there anything that people might be surprised to learn about you?
A: I cry at commercials, movies and every time I hear the theme song to Brian’s Song.

Q: What architectural style do you think needs to make a comeback?
A: I’m ready for contemporary to come back – I love the strong, bold colors and clean lines, which is pretty funny, because I like antiques too. I love the warmth of uncluttered country French. Antique accents with comfortable lounging furniture always says, “family.”

Q: What is your favorite historical building in Abilene and why?
A: The Paramount Theatre has to be the jewel of Abilene, it’s the forefront of what we’ve done historically. The stars and clouds still fascinate me But I also think that Abilene is blessed with a great diversity of architectural styles – Victorian, Prairie Houses, Ranch Mid-Century Modern, Classic and even the old motor courts on South First. I love the Ponca Motel where the neon Chief stands watch.

🍁🍂Each year, Town West Neighborhood puts together a Fall Front Porch Tour. It's not too late to view the beautifully dec...
11/12/2019

🍁🍂Each year, Town West Neighborhood puts together a Fall Front Porch Tour. It's not too late to view the beautifully decorated homes located between Graham and Grape Street, N. 2nd to N. 6th street.🍂🍁

Most of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the early 1900's and are in the process of being fully restored.

🔗 to map →https://abilenepreservationleague.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/Fall+Front+Porch+Tour+2019+(2).pdf

📘 Join the APL and Preservation Texas TONIGHT and meet Gerald Moorhead, author of Buildings of Texas, Vol. 2 at his book...
11/07/2019

📘 Join the APL and Preservation Texas TONIGHT and meet Gerald Moorhead, author of Buildings of Texas, Vol. 2 at his book signing in the historic Elks Ballroom at 7 pm. 🕖

Don’t miss a morning of architecture and history as Abilene hosts the Panhandle/Plains Roadshow of Preservation Texas. T...
11/06/2019

Don’t miss a morning of architecture and history as Abilene hosts the Panhandle/Plains Roadshow of Preservation Texas. The Roadshow convenes local preservationists, historians and community leaders for a 75-minute roundtable discussion about local preservation challenges and statewide preservation programs. The Texas Historical Commission’s Amy Hammons, the County Historical Commission Outreach Program Coordinator, will participate as well. This informal meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange information and learn about the needs of local preservationists.

The Preservation Texas Roundtable will take place from 9:00 am to 10:15 am, Friday, November 8th, at The Elks Arts Center located at 1174 North First Street.

→ Join the APL and Preservation Texas and meet Gerald Moorhead, author of Buildings of Texas, Vol. 2 at his book signing...
11/04/2019

→ Join the APL and Preservation Texas and meet Gerald Moorhead, author of Buildings of Texas, Vol. 2 at his book signing in the historic Elks Ballroom. This Thursday, November 7th at 7 pm. 🕖

11/01/2019

🍂🍁On October 19th, the Abilene Preservation League recognized Town West Neighborhood, bounded by Graham, North Sixth, Grape and North First Streets, for lovingly preserving historic homes in a comfortable, compatible, caring community. Coinciding with the awards ceremony, the neighborhood hosted a Fall Front Porch Tour. This included a tour of 24 historical homes decorated for fall, entertainment from neighbors Lora Lynn Christensen, who skillfully played the accordion, and the Catclaw Boys, who put on a fine performance, as well as, a time of fellowship and dinner. 🍁🍂

🎃The sponsors and donors listed below played a vital role in the success of the 2019 Abilene Preservation Awards.

❤️ THANK YOU! ❤️
The Dian Graves Owen Foundation
The Barber Foundation
Shelton Family Foundation
Jeannette and Josh Black
Peggy Beckham
Borden Duffel PC
Melody Hunt
Pat Wehmeyer
Laura Wardroup
Curtis & Windham Architects
Tejon Exploration Company
Julie and Mike Denny
Philpott Florists-Greenhouses
Carrie and Russell Blaschke
Bill Reed Distributing Company

🎃Celebrate #Halloween by finding some of Abilene's oldest ghosts! Some are tucked away in downtown alleys and many are o...
10/31/2019

🎃Celebrate #Halloween by finding some of Abilene's oldest ghosts! Some are tucked away in downtown alleys and many are out in plain sight, but all of Abilene's "ghosts" are treasured reminders of days gone by.

Whoa now, put on the brakes -
What kind of face does a bulldog make?

Take a walk around the NCCIL, what do you find?
A ghost there of the harmless kind.

This ghost will only scare your cat -
Look closer to see a silly spat.

🎃Can you name the location of this friendly ghost of Abilene? Happy #HalloweenHead downtown and park your car -To find t...
10/30/2019

🎃Can you name the location of this friendly ghost of Abilene? Happy #Halloween

Head downtown and park your car -
To find this ghost, the trip isn’t far.

Go back in time for a helping hand,
And look for a service that’s over land.

South is the way of this white arrow -
The alleyway to get here’s quite narrow

🎃It's almost #Halloween! Take a trip downtown to find some of Abilene's oldest non-spooky ghosts. 👻Just between the Elks...
10/29/2019

🎃It's almost #Halloween! Take a trip downtown to find some of Abilene's oldest non-spooky ghosts. 👻

Just between the Elks and the Grace
You’ll find a message with a fading face.

Look for the paint in white, black and yellow
This sweet ghost won’t hurt a fellow.

You’re looking for history, so do not fear
When you see the bricks, you’ll know you are near.

10/22/2019

Need a space to host an event? Why not The Elks!

Rent our beautiful historic ballroom for your wedding, anniversary, family reunion, shower, or party. 🎉

More details are listed on our website at 🔗 ↓
https://www.abilenepreservation.org/events-space/

10/18/2019

Join Town West Neighborhood in celebrating the Fall Front Porch Tour on Saturday, October 19th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm!

🍁🍂Bounded by Graham, North Sixth, Grape and North First Streets, the Porch Tour will include porches decorated for fall, hot dogs, recognition by the Abilene Preservation League as the 2019 Neighbors and Historic Communities, Honoree. 🍂🍁

Don't miss entertainment by Catclaw Boys! Donations will be collected to go toward the purchase of neighborhood welcome signs. 🎃

The Elks Arts Center, home to the Abilene Preservation League and in the heart of bustling downtown Abilene, offers comp...
10/18/2019

The Elks Arts Center, home to the Abilene Preservation League and in the heart of bustling downtown Abilene, offers competitive rentals of comfortable, well-maintained spaces, all in a conveniently located and handsomely restored historic 1913 building. Available and ideal for meetings, weddings, parties, family events and celebrations of all kinds are a spacious second-floor ballroom and two smaller spaces, including a beautifully appointed conference room and a versatile, easily accessible, lower-level basement space.

All event rentals include the services of an Elks staff person, on-premises and on duty throughout each event.

For more information on booking, please visit our website at https://www.abilenepreservation.org/events-space/

A little history for #throwbackThursday 🏫The Elks Arts Center was built in 1913 as the Lodge for the Benevolent Protecti...
10/17/2019

A little history for #throwbackThursday 🏫

The Elks Arts Center was built in 1913 as the Lodge for the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 562 which existed from 1900 to 1937. The Lodge reorganized in 1955 and closed permanently in 1964. The building was used as the USO Club headquarters during WWII. An Abilene girls group called the “Blue Bonnet Bells” danced with the soldiers in the ballroom during the war years. The City of Abilene has owned the building since 1945 and used it as a City Hall annex and police training facility.

The structure’s facade, one of the best-preserved historic buildings in downtown, is characterized by distinctive brick and masonry work and arched windows. A newspaper article in the Abilene Reporter News recalls the fabulous grand opening of the building on January 1, 1913, with guests traveling to the event in their buggies to dance all night.

The building, renamed The Elks, was restored in 2000-2001 by the Abilene Preservation League and its supporters.

For more information on how to book The Elks for your event, please visit our website at
https://www.abilenepreservation.org/events-space/

Does your business or family need a space to host a holiday event? The Elks is a beautifully restored historic venue loc...
10/09/2019

Does your business or family need a space to host a holiday event? The Elks is a beautifully restored historic venue located in convenient downtown Abilene. Visit our website for prices and to inquire about booking.

🔗 → https://www.abilenepreservation.org/events-space/

There's still time to purchase tickets for the keystone event of the Abilene Preservation Awards taking place on Thursda...
09/20/2019

There's still time to purchase tickets for the keystone event of the Abilene Preservation Awards taking place on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 6:30 pm.

Join us and experience an evening of intimate dining and entertainment provided by our own Jay Moore, who will share reflections on what he calls “home.” Revel in the gothic architecture of Gerhart Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, as we honor them in institutional architecture for the beautiful renovation of their existing campus and for the construction of Gerhart Hall, built in the same style as the church Nave. It will be a memorable night!

To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please RSVP to the mailed invitation, call us at (325) 676-3775, or use the link below. Don't wait. We look forward to a delightful evening with you!

https://www.abilenepreservation.org/recognition/

Tickets are on sale now for the Abilene Preservation Awards Keystone event hosted by the Abilene Preservation League on ...
09/18/2019

Tickets are on sale now for the Abilene Preservation Awards Keystone event hosted by the Abilene Preservation League on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 6:30 pm.

Join us and experience an evening of intimate dining and entertainment provided by our own Jay Moore, who will share reflections on what he calls “home.” Revel in the gothic architecture of Gerhart Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, as we honor them for the
beautiful renovation of their existing campus and for the construction of Gerhart Hall, built in the same style as the church Nave. It will be a memorable night!

To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please RSVP to the mailed invitation, call us at (325) 676-3775, or use the link below. Don't wait. We look forward to a delightful evening with you! Purchase Tickets here ↓
🔗 https://www.abilenepreservation.org/recognition/

09/16/2019
There's still time to get your tickets for the Abilene Preservation Awards!

Don't miss this opportunity to attend the Keystone event of the Abilene Preservation Awards! We will award Church of the Heavenly Rest Episcopal for the beautiful renovation of their existing campus and for the construction of Gerhart Hall which was built in the same gothic style as the church Nave.

We will join together in the new Gerhart Hall to enjoy a wonderful meal and lively entertainment provided by our own Jay Moore, who will deliver a new presentation on what he calls “home.”

To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or make a donation, please visit our website at https://www.abilenepreservation.org/recognition/

09/12/2019
Join us for the Keystone event of the Abilene Preservation Awards

Abilene Preservation League would like to invite you to the Keystone Event of the Abilene Preservation Awards. We will award Church of the Heavenly Rest Episcopal for the beautiful renovation of their existing campus and for the construction of Gerhart Hall which was built in the same gothic style as the church Nave.

The passing of our executive director Jim Stuart grieved us deeply but did not stop our forward momentum. Jim worked tirelessly to provide engaging events reflecting the heritage of Abilene’s most historic structures. We ask that you join us in the new Gerhart Hall to enjoy a wonderful meal and lively entertainment provided by our own Jay Moore, who will deliver a new presentation on what he calls “home.”

To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or make a donation, please visit our website at https://www.abilenepreservation.org/recognition/

Abilene Preservation League would like to invite you to the Keystone Event of the Abilene Preservation Awards. We will a...
09/10/2019

Abilene Preservation League would like to invite you to the Keystone Event of the Abilene Preservation Awards. We will award Church of the Heavenly Rest Episcopal for the beautiful renovation of their existing campus and for the construction of Gerhart Hall which was built in the same gothic style as the church Nave.

The passing of our executive director Jim Stuart grieved us deeply but did not stop our forward momentum. Jim worked tirelessly to provide engaging events reflecting the heritage of Abilene’s most historic structures. We ask that you join us in the new Gerhart Hall to enjoy a wonderful meal and lively entertainment provided by our own Jay Moore, who will deliver a new presentation on what he calls “home.”

To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or make a donation, please visit our website at https://www.abilenepreservation.org/recognition/

Address

1174 North First St - PO Box 3451
Abilene, TX
79601

CityLink Abilene

General information

Come see us! We are a membership organization promoting economic, downtown and neighborhood development through historic preservation. We have the historic Elks Arts Center available for weddings, parties, and banquets.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(325) 676-3775

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DO ANY OF YOU FOLKS HAPPEN TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS ABANDONED CHURCH IN ABILENE, TEXAS, THAT IS LOCATED AT 1541 NORTH HICKORY??? ANY INFO. WOULD BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED. THANKS, DAVE G.
Such a wonderful place.