Details for The Cottonland Castle (Atlas Number 5309005314)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5309005314


Marker Number 5314
Atlas Number 5309005314
Marker Title The Cottonland Castle
Index Entry Cottonland Castle, The
Address 3300 Austin Ave
City Waco
County McLennan
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 674914
UTM Northing 3490230
Subject Codes agriculture, general; houses, residential buildings; land surveys, land companies, promotional towns; design and construction
Marker Year 1977
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 3300 Austin Avenue
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Stone contractor John Tennant began this house in 1890, when Waco's cotton-based economy flourished. In 1906 Tennant sold the structure to Ripley Hanrick, a cotton broker, but it remained unfinished. With plans drawn by architect Roy Lane (1884-1956), "The Castle" was eventually completed in 1913 as a residence for businessman Alfred Abeel (1845-1922). Limestone detailing decorates the sandstone edifice. Fine materials such as marble and mahogany embellish the interior. The house later became a focal point for the Castle Heights area. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1977.