APL Covid-19 Information

Our administrative team continues to actively monitor the global spread of COVID-19.  While we still work toward the mission of the Abilene Preservation League, some aspects of our daily operations will be affected.  We will not provide tours of the Elks Arts Center or viewings of the event space from March 16th through March 29th.

In order to protect our staff and public interest the APL will follow the recommendations of the CDC and local medical professionals regarding “social distancing.”   This might lead to postponement or cancellation of planned events at the facility.  Any request to change an event occurring now through April 30th will not incur any fees.  Reschedule dates must occur before December 31st, 2020.  We will refund any deposits upon cancellation of an event scheduled before April 30th.

We appreciate your patience in these trying times and will keep the public posted on any updates as they become available.




Magee House


Renamed “The Resilient”

Built in 1903

Colonial Revival Style

Received a Preservation Texas Honor Award


Hotel Wooten


David Castle, Architect

Built in 1930 by H.O. Wooten

Neo-Gothic Style

Restored in 2005


With your support, the APL can continue to support the Big Country’s rich architectural and cultural heritage.

Paramount Theater


David Castle, Architect

Built in 1930 by H.O. Wooten

Exotic Revival  Style

Restored in 1986


The Grace Hotel


Renamed “The Drake” in 1946

Built in 1909

Late Victorian  Style

Saved in 1987 by Abilene Preservation League



Experience Classic Beauty.

Become a part of the history.


The Elks Art Center is conveniently located in the T&P Historic District within Downtown Abilene, between The Grace Museum and across from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in the Rhodes Building.

The Grand Ballroom and Basement are prepared and available for a host of events from weddings to conferences with the ballroom seating 170 comfortably for your occasion.