|Courtesy of the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum|
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
A Brief Look at Abilene's Historic Buildings: the Kirby House, Abilene Club
The Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum is currently featuring the exhibit City on the Plains: A Look at Abilene Architecture until early January. The following is a brief look at the Kirby House, which at one point was known as the Abilene Club.
Thomas Kirby was an Abilene banker who began his career working for another prominent banker, Conrad H. Lebold. Kirby built his home on the original site of the home of the father of the cattle town, Joseph G. McCoy. In later years, the home underwent a major redesign to become the Abilene Club, a men’s social club for Abilene businessmen. This group was a precursor to the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce. Years later, the building was redesigned to return it to its original state, as it appears now.