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ALICO Building
ALICO Building.jpg
Upper floors of ALICO building
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Address 425 Austin Street
Town or city Waco, Texas
Country United States of America
Coordinates 31°33′25.2″N 97°7′55.2″W / 31.557000°N 97.132000°W / 31.557000; -97.132000
Current tenants American-Amicable Life Insurance Company of Texas
Construction started August 1910
Opened August 1911
Renovated 1966
Cost $755,000 ($19,730,407 adjusted to 2017 dollars)
Height 282 feet (86 m)
Technical details
Structural system Steel
Material Brick, Terra Cotta
Floor count 22
Lifts/elevators 3
Design and construction
Architecture firm Sanguinet and Staats
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Official name: ALICO Building
Designated: 1982
Reference #: 5309000118

The ALICO Building is a 22-story office building in downtown Waco, Texas, United States, located at the intersection of Austin and 5th Street. The building is currently owned and operated by the American-Amicable Life Insurance Company of Texas (a subsidiary of Industrial Alliance). At 282 feet tall, it is currently the tallest building in Waco.


Waco TX - Austin Street from 6th Street - Alico Building
Postcard displaying downtown Waco, including the ALICO building (circa 1913)

The ALICO building was built in 1911 by the architectural firm Sanguinet & Staats for the Amicable Life Insurance Company at a cost of $755,000 ($19,730,407 adjusted to 2017 dollars), and was completed in one year. It is the second oldest skyscraper built in Texas, after the Praetorian Building in Dallas, built in the previous year.

The ALICO Building was not heavily damaged by the 1953 Waco tornado outbreak, unlike many buildings in downtown Waco. It swayed several feet when directly hit by the tornado, although the building escaped severe damage or collapse.

In 1965, Amicable Life Insurance Company and American Life Insurance Company merged to become the American-Amicable Life Insurance Company, the current tenant of the building. In 1966, the building underwent renovations, including the addition of the large neon sign at the top of the building displaying the acronym "ALICO".

In 1982, the ALICO building was designated a historical landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. In 2012, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Waco Downtown Historic District.

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