Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, the Swenson House is one of the grand homes of Abilene. It was built in 1910 by William G. and Shirley Swenson, both first-generation Swedish immigrants. The house features a mixture of Prairie and Spanish Colonial architectural styles, making it a truly distinct building. Additionally, many of the home's original features still exist today. Today the Swenson House is owned and operated by the Abilene Preservation League, which offers tours of the home by appointment. It is also available to rent for parties, weddings, and other gatherings. In recent years during October, the house has been transformed into a haunted house attraction.
Backstory and Context
"William G. and Shirley Swenson Home." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed July 3, 2017. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=78017.
Photo: Duane Hall, via the Historical Marker Database