The Roosevelt Tower

Our firm is proud to call the Roosevelt Tower home.  For nearly ninety years, the Roosevelt Tower has stood at the center of commercial life in downtown Waco.

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The Roosevelt was built in 1928 by Conrad Hilton, as the third Hilton Hotel built in Texas. The hotel was built at the site of the historic McClelland Hotel, which had been in operation since 1872. The opening of the new twelve-story hotel spurred downtown business development in Waco.

 

Website 8A Christmas Party in the Hotel Ballroom

Before meeting Bonnie Parker, the famed outlaw Clyde Barrow was arrested in one of the hotel rooms here in 1929 by Waco police officers along with two wanted men.

In 1934, new Waco-based ownership renamed the building the Roosevelt Hotel in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Roosevelt offered rooms for “traveling men, transcontinental tourists, and permanent overnight guests.”

In a testament to its structural integrity, the Roosevelt emerged unscathed from the Waco Tornado of 1953 despite being located directly in the path of the devastation.

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In 1960, former President Harry S. Truman attended a reception in the Roosevelt during a campaign event in Waco for John F. Kennedy.

The Roosevelt Hotel closed its doors in 1961. Two years later the building re-opened as the Regis Retirement Center, an assisted-living facility operated by the Catholic Diocese of Austin for forty years.

The building was renovated for professional office space and re-opened as The Roosevelt Tower in 2008.

As the first tenant to move in after the renovation, our firm is proud to be a part of the historic legacy of The Roosevelt Tower.

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For Directions to the Roosevelt Tower, click here.

 

Images courtesy of The Texas Collection, Baylor University.