Abilene Preservation League

Abilene Preservation League Visit our website:www.abilenepreservation.org
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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

📘 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/

Funeral services for Jim Stuart, Executive Director of the Abilene Preservation League, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tues...
08/16/2019

Funeral services for Jim Stuart, Executive Director of the Abilene Preservation League, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at the First Christian Church of Albany, with Dennis Patience and Brad McBee officiating the service. Interment will follow in Lamesa, Texas at the Dawson County Cemetery.

More information may be found at: https://www.meltonkitchens.com/obituaries/James-Lawrence-Stuart?obId=5944796#/obituaryInfo

The board and staff of the Abilene Preservation League are deeply saddened by the death of our executive director Jim St...
08/15/2019

The board and staff of the Abilene Preservation League are deeply saddened by the death of our executive director Jim Stuart, who passed away yesterday at his home in Albany where he was recovering from eye surgery. Jim had served the APL since January and had brought renewed energy and excitement to APL’s work in preserving historic Abilene properties. We will miss him.

Repurposing Historic Gems: Why Adaptive Reuse Matters
08/15/2019
Repurposing Historic Gems: Why Adaptive Reuse Matters

Repurposing Historic Gems: Why Adaptive Reuse Matters

Cities around the country continue to flourish as they reach new heights and take on new looks. Both engineering and architecture have advanced in ways unimaginable decades ago. However, as these areas evolves, it becomes critical that structures with history, character and meaning remain.

08/13/2019

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 www.abilenepreservation.org

Don't miss this opportunity! We hope to see you there.
08/12/2019

Don't miss this opportunity! We hope to see you there.

Join us!
08/09/2019

Join us!

Hosting an event? We have the perfect space! Check out our event space in the Elks Ballroom for weddings, anniversaries,...
07/29/2019

Hosting an event? We have the perfect space!

Check out our event space in the Elks Ballroom for weddings, anniversaries, showers, parties or meetings.

For details and pricing, visit our website at www.abilenepreservation.org

There's still time, don't miss the final session!Join us this Wednesday, July 31st from 12-1:30 pm at the Community Foun...
07/29/2019

There's still time, don't miss the final session!

Join us this Wednesday, July 31st from 12-1:30 pm at the Community Foundation located at 850 North First Street, as we learn all about architectural lighting.

Cost is $10 and includes a delicious lunch. Contact Steve at [email protected] to sign up.

Please Note: The final adaptive reuse luncheon will take place at 850 North First Street.

Our adaptive reuse partnership with Downtown Abi made the news. Be sure not to miss the final adaptive reuse luncheon, J...
07/26/2019
Ongoing restoration for historic Ford “ghost sign” in downtown Abilene

Our adaptive reuse partnership with Downtown Abi made the news.

Be sure not to miss the final adaptive reuse luncheon, July 31st from noon to 1:30 pm!

https://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/local-news/ongoing-restoration-for-historic-ford-ghost-sign-in-downtown-abilene/

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)- Sarah Jane Blankenship, a sign-painter and restorer, day starts at 6:30 AM by heading up on a lift to start painting. She’ll do this for 4 days to restore the old Ford …

Make business thrive in old places! Join us July 31st from 12-1:30 pm at the Community Foundation located at 850 North F...
07/22/2019

Make business thrive in old places! Join us July 31st from 12-1:30 pm at the Community Foundation located at 850 North First Street, as we learn all about architectural lighting.

Cost is $10 and includes a delicious lunch. Contact Steve at [email protected] to sign up.

Please Note: The final adaptive reuse luncheon will take place at 850 North First Street.

Elks Ballroom Available for Weddings
07/19/2019

Elks Ballroom Available for Weddings

Are you looking for the perfect place to host your wedding? Look no further than the historic Elks ballroom.

For $1000 (up to 8 hours), your rental includes set-up and take-down services, kitchenette, baby grand piano, tables, chairs, bridal room, sound system, digital projector, and WiFi. The building is ADA/elevator accessible and conveniently located downtown.

Security deposit is $250 and each additional hour (over 8 hours) is $100 per hour.

Please call us at (325) 676-3775 or email [email protected] for additional information.

Looking for space to host your event? You have a place at The Elks! Available spaces for rent in downtown Abilene includ...
07/10/2019

Looking for space to host your event? You have a place at The Elks!

Available spaces for rent in downtown Abilene include the sunlit top-floor ballroom, the large conference room, and our spacious basement.

Email [email protected] to book your space now.

There are two more adaptive reuse luncheons this month. We hope you will attend!
07/03/2019
Downtown ABI

There are two more adaptive reuse luncheons this month.

We hope you will attend!

We're proud that our Best Practices in Adaptive Reuse workshop series is inspiring entrepreneurs in other Texas Downtown communities!

Make the most out of your historic address! Join us July 10th from 12-1:30 pm at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce second ...
07/01/2019

Make the most out of your historic address! Join us July 10th from 12-1:30 pm at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce second floor board room located on 174 Cypress Street, as we learn the do's and don'ts of painting historic brick.

Cost is $10 and includes a delicious lunch. Contact Steve at [email protected] to sign up.

Looking for space to host your event?You have a place at The Elks!
06/26/2019

Looking for space to host your event?

You have a place at The Elks!

Get the most out of your historic address. Join us June 19th from 12-1:30 pm at 850 North First Street as we learn new u...
06/10/2019

Get the most out of your historic address. Join us June 19th from 12-1:30 pm at 850 North First Street as we learn new uses for old buildings.

Cost is $10 and includes a boxed lunch. Contact Steve at [email protected] to sign up.

Get the most out of your historic address. Join us May 29th from 12-1:30 pm at 850 North First Street as we learn about ...
05/28/2019

Get the most out of your historic address. Join us May 29th from 12-1:30 pm at 850 North First Street as we learn about mechanical, electrical and plumbing considerations in adaptive reuse projects.

Cost is $10 and includes a boxed lunch. Contact Steve at [email protected] to sign up.

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

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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.

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