Stand tall like the Alico

As I was looking through my pictures this morning, preparing to write my continued blog on Waco, I found so many pictures of the Alico Building.

The view from top of Magnolia Market at the Silos
The view from top of Magnolia Market at the Silos

As I have said, I have taken an enormous number of pictures of it because I think it is so interesting looking, peering high over downtown Waco.

When I was a baton photographer for the ilovetexasphotos Instagram account, I did some research on the building.

The Alico Building, a 22-story structure with much character, was constructed in 1910 and completion was exactly 12 months later in 1911.

Waco hasn’t looked the same since.  The Alico is still the tallest building in Waco and because it stands alone, so tall and erect, the building appears to be watching over the city as if it was a soldier standing tall.  (the thought of that makes me happy!)

It is named after the company that was housed in the building, the Amicable Life Insurance Company, which was chartered in 1910.

Known as a tower of strength and stability, I believe it is a metaphor for Waco.  This town has been through a deadly tornado and David Koresh, as well as the Twin Peaks shooting and now the Baylor athletic scandal.  This city has always stood tall just like the Alico Building. Proud and tall.

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My favorite time to take pictures of this landmark is when there is a gorgeous blue sky above her.

Austin Avenue, headed towards The Alico Building
Austin Avenue, headed towards The Alico Building

Or fall leaves around her.

Austin Avenue, downtown Waco, in the fall
Austin Avenue, downtown Waco, in the fall

Or trees blooming in the spring around her.

The Alico and her March blooms
The Alico and her March blooms

Or when I am headed down Austin Avenue, headed downtown.

Alico Building
Austin Avenue, Waco, Texas

I may or may not be obsessed.

My husband and two kids have an office downtown and those same two kids live downtown. (our third child lives in Austin)

view from downtown Waco apartment, with Luna Juice, my favorite
view from downtown Waco apartment, with Luna Juice, my favorite

This is the view from their office on 6th Street.  (actually this is a reflection of their view)

Alico Building
reflection of the Alico in One Liberty Place, downtown Waco

I write for The Hometown News, a small newspaper in Waco and I also write for The Groove, an entertainment magazine, in Waco. I have written some articles about coffee houses and barbecue spots that might be helpful if you are visiting Wacotown.

Waco is a lovely place with actually quite a lot of activities going on every weekend. There is always something to do or go explore. One just needs to look.

If you can’t find that thing you are looking for, then just look up and stare at her.

The Alico Building, downtown Waco, Texas
The Alico Building

Love and blessings~dd

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dedradavis

I am a late-in-life journalist that is God-fearing, husband-loving, with three beautiful grown children. I love my dogs, my family and my friends. I love traveling and am also in the process of discovering Waco, after living 20 minutes away since 1998; it is about time! My goal is to grow and push myself daily.

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