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.
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 ilovetexasphotosInstagram 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.
My favorite time to take pictures of this landmark is when there is a gorgeous blue sky above her.
Or fall leaves around her.
Or trees blooming in the spring around her.
Or when I am headed down Austin Avenue, headed downtown.
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)
This is the view from their office on 6th Street. (actually this is a reflection of their view)
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.