Waco Art Center

Title

Waco Art Center

Subject

Photos of the Waco Art Center, originally the summer home of William Cameron II.

Description

Built around 1921, this Mediterranean-styled residence was commissioned by William Waldo Cameron, purportedly as a wedding gift for his second wife, Helen Miller of Waco. Named "Valley View", it was purchased along with all of the acreage of the original McLennan Community College land, on the John Tucker and Lee R. Davis grants. The land sits atop a bluff overlooking and including a west bank of the Brazos River adjacent to Cameron Park in Waco.

A log cabin structure also stood on the property, and was used as a non-commissioned officer's club for the 12th Air Force. but was later destroyed in a fire.

The residence was used by the Cameron family until Mr. Cameron's death in 1939. It was purchased by J. D. George in 1954 from Helen Miller Cameron, and his family resided there until they sold the property to McLennan County Junior College District in 1966.

In the 1970s, the Junior League of Waco worked to raise funds to renovate the property for the purpose of establishing the Waco Art Center. They engaged the San Antonio firm of Ford, Powell & Carson to renovate the property for use of an art gallery and meeting space.

Serious structural issues appeared in 2017, and the building is currently uninhabitable.

Creator

McLennan Community College Marketing and Communications (formerly the Public Information Office).

Source

McLennan Community College Archives.

Date

1921-

Rights

McLennan Community College, All Rights Reserved.

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Image

Files

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Citation

McLennan Community College Marketing and Communications (formerly the Public Information Office)., “Waco Art Center,” accessed September 29, 2022, https://mccarchives.omeka.net/items/show/129.