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Wilco Building

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1958, Boone and Pope. 415 W. Wall St.

The twenty-two-story Wilco Building was the tallest in West Texas until surpassed by the First National Bank (MT3) in 1978. Abilene architect Dan Boone, a former associate of David S. Castle Company, expanded on the two-tone palette he incorporated in Castle’s Great Plains Life Insurance Company Building in Lubbock (LK9) by sheathing the exterior of the L-plan tower in buff brick and its interior in red brick. Architecturally the Wilco Building is a straightforward modern exposition of its steel-frame construction. It remains one of the leanest and most handsome of Midland’s downtown office buildings. As outmoded office space though, the Wilco Building is threatened.

The four-story, cast-in-place-concrete Cox Building (1979, Frank Welch Associates; 400 W. Wall) is a robust departure from the mid-century curtain walls of adjacent buildings. The thickness of each concrete column and spandrel panel is visible, along with exposed fasteners.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Wilco Building", [Midland, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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, 457-457.

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