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Alico Building

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Alico Building
Amicable Life Building, American-Amicable Life Building


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
beaux-arts / historism


commercial office


  • 2004 train cars were required to haul the construction materials: this would create 80 freight trains with 25 cars each or one single train 16 miles long.
  • At its completion date in 1911, the Alico Building was the 5th tallest building in the world to be completed that year.
  • The foundation extends 52 feet below ground.
  • The large red neon letters on top were added in 1959-60.
  • The Alico Building was one of the few buildings left standing after an F4 tornado wiped out downtown Waco on May 11, 1953.
  • The building bears an Official Historical Medallion of the Texas Historical Commission.
  • The building has 733 windows, 1,223 doors, and 256,000 bolts or rivets.
  • The top four floors exhibit rich terracotta detailing.
  • At its completion the Alico Building was the tallest commercial office building in Texas, at 282 feet to the top of the observation tower.
  • Tallest building west of the Mississippi in 1911.
  • Two other Texas skyscrapers, both designed by Sanguinet and Staats resemble this building greatly with facade detail, even color. The Burk Burnett Building in Fort Worth and the Rand Building in San Antonio.
  • The total weight of the building is 40,085,200 pounds. It includes 3,736,000 pounds of structural steel and 290,800 pounds of iron.
  • Tallest building between Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth.
  • The building originally had its own water well and electric generator.
  • The building's landmark status is a testament to the early economic growth of Waco.

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425-427 Austin Avenue
101-107 North Fifth Street
425 Austin Avenue

Technical Data

303.00 ft
282.00 ft
282.00 ft
246.33 ft

Involved Companies

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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