ALICO Building, 425 Austin Ave.
The 22-story high-rise ALICO building — home of the Amicable Life Insurance Company — was built in 1910. This ambitiously tall “dream of a building” was made possible through early 20th century developments in elevator systems and refinement of steel for building. It was renowned for the strength of its construction in its day — “built to withstand anything” — and was one of the few major buildings in Waco to survive the 1953 tornado.
Although the upper floors retain their original exterior appearance, the lower floors have been covered by newer precast concrete panels in an attempt to “modernize” a classically modern building.
As you head south on Austin Avenue look to your right to see the grand McLennan County Courthouse.