Next to the Paramount Theatre is perhaps Abilene's most iconic building: the former Hotel Wooten, which is now an apartment building retaining the same name. The seventeen-story building was constructed in 1930 by H. O. Wooten, a prominent local figure in the city during that period. Wooten started his business and entrepreneurial career in 1898 when he ventured into the wholesale grocery business (Wooten also built the theatre at the same time). The hotel featured 200 rooms with the biggest suite located on the top floor. It was designed in the Art Deco style, which was popular during the 1920s and 1930s, and much of the original detailing has been restored. The hotel was the tallest building between Fort Worth and El Paso for a number of years. It was declared a Texas historical landmark in 2008.
Backstory and Context
Moore, Jay. "A Look Inside: Horace Wooten’s Hotel." Abilene Scene. January 26, 2015. http://abilenescene.com/a-look-inside-horace-wootens-hotel.