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Buddy Holly Center (Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway Passenger Station)

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1928, Wyatt C. Hedrick; 1998 renovated, McKinney/York Architects, with Driskill/Hill Architects; 2010 renovated, Parkhill, Smith and Cooper. 1801 Crickets Ave.

Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock in 1939 and went on to become a nationally prominent rock-and-roll musician. The two parallel avenues, Crickets and Buddy Holly, where this museum to Holly’s career is located, became a subcenter of downtown Lubbock as it developed in the 1930s adjacent to the Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway Station. The station and the Cactus Theater (LK13) are the neighborhood’s principal monuments. Hedrick, co-architect of the Texas Tech campus (LK17), employed a similar idiom here of buff brick, carved stone trim, and red tile roofs for the small passenger station. Abandoned by the South Plains Railway in 1953, the station was converted for restaurant use in 1973. Purchased by the City of Lubbock in 1997, the depot was expanded and renovated for use as the Buddy Holly Center, which not only commemorates Holly but is also a contemporary performance and exhibition space.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Buddy Holly Center (Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway Passenger Station)", [Lubbock, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 381-381.

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