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Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Alico Building

 
 
Alico Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
1. Alico Building Marker
Inscription.  Designed and built by Sanguinet & Staats and Roy E. Lane, the 22-story home office of the Amicable Life Insurance Co. was erected in 1911 as publicity for the new firm. The structure's Beaux Arts styling features rich terra cotta details on the top four floors. For many years the tallest building in the southwest, it withstood the 1953 Waco tornado. Today the Alico Building serves as a landmark in Waco and as a reminder of the city's early economic growth.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1982

 
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 118.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
 
Location. 31° 33.415′ N, 97° 7.914′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of Austin Avenue and North 5th Street, on the right when traveling west on Austin Avenue. The marker is located on the southwest corner of the building by the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 425 Austin Avenue, Waco TX 76701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Waco Tornado (within shouting distance of this marker); Brann-Davis Shootings (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gerald-Harris Shooting (about 500 feet away); The Courthouses of McLennan County (about 500 feet away); McLennan County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Waco (approx. 0.2 miles away); The C.C. McCulloch House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waco Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
 
Also see . . .  Amicable (ALICO) Building. Waco History
After the Amicable Life Insurance Company opened for business on April 2, 1910, the owners began searching for a location to house their new business. The owners of First National Bank, located at Fifth Street and Austin Avenue, also served as members of the board of trustees for the Amicable Life Insurance Company (ALICO). The bank owners decided to sell their lot to ALICO, and in 1910, the insurance company demolished the old bank to break ground for the new building. Source: Kyle Baughman & Amanda Sawyer
(Submitted on August 8, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Alico Building Marker with courthouse in the background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
2. The Alico Building Marker with courthouse in the background
The view of the Alico Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
3. The view of the Alico Building
The view of Alico Building and Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse
4. The view of Alico Building and Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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