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SPECIAL SPEAKER: Castle Builder of West Texas, David S. Castle

  • The Grace Museum 102 Cypress Street Abilene United States (map)



Castle Builder of West Texas: David S. Castle

Essentially ignored in historical research and writing is the work of architects who located their offices in, created their designs for, and—in fact—built West Texas. Deciding to follow the receding frontier, such architects responded to the region’s growth, its peculiarities, and its people’s needs by designing historically and architecturally significant buildings which housed its people, contained its commerce, answered the people’s innate desire for beauty, and continues to reveal the story of Texas’ history and development.

Consequently, largely ignored by research and published works are those architects who decided to live, design, and build in West Texas. One such person—and perhaps the most productive and significant architect (and architect entrepreneur) of nascent West Texas—was David S. Castle who founded his architectural firm in 1915 in Abilene. In the next fifty years, he designed eight county courthouses and produced buildings which, in turn, caused significant commercial and economic development in at least eighty-four Texas towns and cities. Castle designed hundreds of projects including residences, schools, university buildings (which accommodated students at rapidly growing regional higher education institutions), commercial structures, churches, office buildings, medical facilities, recreational centers, hotels, apartments, post offices, and municipal buildings.

This talk will explore Castle’s career and his notable impact on the physical history of West Texas. The presentation will demonstrate David S. Castle’s singular and enduring presence in West Texas.



Gary Lindsey, Ph.D.

Professor of History

B.Arch., Texas Tech University
M.A., Abilene Christian University
Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Dr. Lindsey’s major areas of interest are public history, historic preservation, U.S. West, and the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. An architect as well as historian, Dr. Lindsey combines both fields to focus on the preservation and interpretation of historically and/or architecturally significant buildings. In addition to U.S history courses, he has conducted several classes on ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, as well as classes in historic preservation. Dr. Lindsey is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Phi, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Western History Association, and the Oklahoma Historical Society, as well as other scholarly/professional organizations. He has presented papers and chaired sessions at several scholarly conferences. He and his wife, Sharon, attend the Edmond Church of Christ where he periodically teaches adult classes.

Earlier Event: March 26
Pop-Up Make-N-Take
Later Event: April 2
Pop-Up Make-N-Take