Details for Stratton-Stricker Building (Atlas Number 5507018271)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507018271


Marker Number 18271
Atlas Number 5507018271
Marker Title Stratton-Stricker Building
Index Entry Stratton-Stricker Building
Address 800 Austin Avenue
City Waco
County McLennan
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 677068
UTM Northing 3492549
Subject Codes buildings; commercial buildings
Marker Year 2015
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Southwest corner of 8th and Austin, on sidewalk facing Austin Avenue
Marker Size 18" x 28" with post
Marker Text In 1922, business partners Golladay Stratton, Sr. and Henry J. Stricker purchased land for their expanding furniture company. Architect Henry L. Spencer designed this 1923 neoclassical revival style building with general contractor S.B. Swigert construction. The red brick-clad building includes a basement and five stories with riveted steel framing, strong enough to withstand the devastating 1953 tornado. The building’s unique interior features a grand staircase with ornamental woodwork, pressed-tin ceiling tiles, louvered warehouse-style windows, and a winged-mezzanine level on the second floor. Until the 1980s, Stratton’s three sons operated the business. This building and the furniture company are a reminder of Waco’s original marketplace and downtown district.