Greeting all. Forgive me for just barging in here like this. I've been a long time reader of this forum and I decided it's time I register and share some of the photos I have. I've been living in Abilene, TX off and on for some time so these are the pics I have for now.
For those that don't know, Abilene is a city of about 120,000 or so that sits about 150 miles West of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The downtown area is of special interest to me because it was so close to disappearing. The downtown area is full of beautiful pre-WWII buildings typical of Western architecture at the time. Problem was that by the 80s most of the buildings were old, falling apart and in danger of the wrecking ball. Fortunatley, the Abilene Preservation League fought to protect those old buildings and as a result, most of the buildings downtown are now registered historical landmarks. Furthermore, the 90s saw those buildings restored to their previous glory and now they are full of restraunts, museums, shops, apartments, art galleries, etc. It's still a work in progress, but it's not the same part of town that it was 20 years ago.
Most of these pics were taken on a Sunday morning this past Summer, but a few were taken a few days ago around Christmas.
T&P Historic District
- This is a group of buildings that once serviced the Texas & Pacific railroad. The rail line still runs and is as busy as ever, but these old train stations and warehouses have been restored turned into other things.
The Grace Museum
- Built in 1909 as the Hotel Grace
The Hotel Wooten
- Built in 1930, the building was completely restored and reopened as an apartment building a couple of years ago.
The Federal Building
- Built in 1935, the building serves as the downtown branch of the Abilene Post Office.
- This small park has become a gathering place for local artists and their works or art.
Windsor Hotel (Hilton Hotel)
- Built in 1927, the Hotel came under the control of Conrad Hilton where he established the Hilton Hotel... the first hotel in the world to ever don famous Hilton brand name. The building was restored in the late 90s and turned into apartments.
- Built in 1890, this is the oldest commercial building in Abilene.
Matera Paper Co. Building
- Long vacant, the building was sold last year and is being turned into loft apartments.
The Paramount Theater
- Built in 1930, the renovation of the historic theater in the mid-80s marked the start of downtown Abilene's revitalization.
First Baptist Church
Texas Tech Graduate School of Engineering
The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
- Built in 1935
Elks Fine Arts Building
- Built in 1913
- Built in 1925
- A modern museum opened in 2005 on the Eastern edge of downtown.
Taylor County Courthouse
Various pictures from the area