The Old Weather Bureau
1482 North 1st
While not located on the walking tour, this historic building is located within a short drive from the downtown (see map). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Weather Bureau was constructed in 1909 to serve as the area center for the US Weather Bureau. It continued to do so until area weather services were relocated to the airport.
Abilene Preservation League
Elks Art Center, 1174 North 1st at Cedar
The Abilene Preservation League is a membership based arganization of people who understand the econimic and cultural value of historic preservation. Downtown for revitalization provided by its members and donors. The Preservaation League inviteds you to join the continued redevelopment of Abilene.
David S. Castle the “Architect of Abilene”
Born in Constantine, Michigan, in 1884 David Sharon Castle created the firm that would dominate architectural design in the Abilene region throughout most of the first half of the 20th century.
Castle left home at age 15 and made his way to Chicago, Illinois. There he held several odd jobs until he eventually worked his way through night school at the Lewis Institute for two and a half years and later graduated from the Armour Institute (now Illinois Institute of Technology). He moved to Texas in 1910 and in 1913 gained employment from Fort Worth architect M. L. Waller.
By 1914, Castle had moved to Abilene and started his own firm, David S. Castle & Company. Castle's company supervised the construction of many of the 1920s landmarks of downtown, such as the Wooten Hotel, the Windsor Hotel, the Mims Building, the Federal Building, and the Paramount Theatre among others. His firm also planned two remodeling projects on the Hotel Grace, and designed buildings at all three Abilene Universities as well in many other towns in the region.