Abilene's Most Endangered Places 2021

This list is published by the Abilene Preservation League to provide publicity for important Abilene historic sites at-risk of loss or degradation. Sites are nominated by members of the APL and must be historical and threatened by direct demolition, demolition by neglect or other threat.

1. W.E. Hughes House

Address: 1642 Grape Street

Designation: Local

Condition: Poor

Owner: Private

Building Type: Home

Year Built: 1907

This once beautiful example of a Late Victorian and Greek Revival Home is currently under recommendation for condemnation by the city after years of neglect rendered it unsafe for habitation. The home was auctioned off on March 7th. The new owners must take immediate action to repair and save it from direct demolition.

2. Fulwiler/Smith House

Address: 318 Elm Street

Designation: Local

Condition: Poor

Owner: Private

Building Type: Home

Year Built: 1884

The second oldest building listed in the Abilene Register of Historic Places, this Queen Ann Cottage style home was built by Abilenian, C.E. Fulwiler, and remained in the Fulwiler family until 1966. It was then sold to Mrs. Sue Smith, who cared for the home until 1991. This home has since been neglected and is in need of repairs before it is lost.

 

3. David S. Castle House

Address: 1742 North Second Street

Designation: Local

Condition: Poor

Owner: Private

Building Type: Home

Year Built: 1916

Famed Abilene architect David Castle designed virtually every major building in Abilene from the 1910s – 1950s. This eclectic craftsman bungalow home was his permanent residence from its construction in 1916 until his death in 1956. It is now in need of repair before further damage renders it unsalvageable.