William G. and Shirley Swenson Home

William G. and Shirley Swenson Home (HM1H9Y)

Location: Abilene, TX 79603 Taylor County
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N 32° 28.174', W 99° 44.462'

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This two-story brick home was designed by Abilene architect William P. Preston for the family of William Gray and Shirley (McCollum) Swenson, and was completed ca. 1910. Swenson was a first generation Swedish-American, and he was a lifelong entrepreneur and businessman in Abilene. He held leadership positions at Citizens National Bank from the time of its founding in 1902 until the 1960s and also presided over Abilene Light and the Abilene Ice Company. Swenson worked to establish and served on the boards of both the Abilene and Northern Railroad and the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad. His real estate projects included the Mims Building (1926) and the Hilton Hotel (1927). The Swensons were founding members of St. Paul Methodist Church, and they raised their four children in this home.

?????The house original cypress siding was covered with buff brick veneer in 1928. Exterior cypress columns were replaced with brick columns, and the wood shake roof was converted to clay tile. Also during this renovation, a porch on the south side was enclosed and a second floor sunroom was added.

?????The home features the broad overhangs and long, horizontal lines indicative of the Prairie architectural style. Mission-style elements include quatrefoil windows and a curved dormer over the front entrance. After the deaths of W.G. Swenson in 1969 and Shirley Swenson in 1974, ownership of the house remained in the Swenson family until 1986, when it was donated to the Abilene Preservation League.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2010
HM NumberHM1H9Y
Marker Number16526
Year Placed2010
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:35am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 430363 N 3592727
Decimal Degrees32.46956667, -99.74103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 28.174', W 99° 44.462'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 28' 10.44" N, 99° 44' 27.72" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1726-1798 Swenson St, Abilene TX 79603, US
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